OVER 250 PUPILS from local schools are taking the classroom to the countryside this week to learn about Food and Farming. This two-day educational visit has been organised by The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), in co-operation with Luss Estates near Loch Lomond and members of the local agricultural community.
Sponsored by the Scottish Government (Food and Drink Industry Division), the objective of these Food and Farming Days is to provide a ‘hands-on’ educational experience for pupils by exposing them to elements of local farming and food production. A range of activities and discussions exploring different types of farming and associated food products will enable pupils to learn where their food comes from. Sessions will cover dairy, milk manufacturing and related products, beef & sheep, cereals and tractors/farm machinery. Activity provider Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) will be focussing on venison, with Chef Fi Bird ready to demonstrate how to cook tasty recipes.
RHET Dumbarton, Lomond & Renfrew CI is grateful to the Colquhoun of Luss family and Simon Miller, Chief Executive of Luss Estates Company, for allowing this two-day event to be held on site and to the RHET volunteers and activity providers, including SNH, for their time and expertise.
Food and Farming Days are designed to give pupils a better awareness of where the food on their plate is produced, plus the importance of the Scottish countryside. These events are an effective and fun supplement to a farming or healthy-eating topic in school and support ‘Curriculum For Excellence’.
Simon Miller, Chief Executive of Luss Estates Company, commented: “Luss Estates is delighted to welcome so many youngsters to The Duchlage Farm and support the Royal Highland Education Trust in its Food and Farming Days. Both the company and the Colquhoun of Luss family have a tremendous interest in both farming and education, and when RHET approached us we were only too happy to facilitate this superb event.”
Sheila Bannerman, RHET Dumbarton, Lomond & Renfrew CI Project Co-ordinator, said: “These Food and Farming Events give local children the opportunity to visit the countryside for a day and gain a better understanding of where the food on their plate is produced. I would like to express our gratitude to the Scottish Government for funding this event and to Luss Estates for all their support and allowing the event to be held on site.”