Farming union inspires younger generation

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is encouraging young people to take up agriculture as a career path. 

To achieve this, the union is launching a new and improved education roadshow, the Discovery Barn, designed to enthuse children about agriculture and get them thinking about where their food comes from.

“After inspiring thousands of children with positive messages about agriculture over the past 15 years, we feel it’s time to bring our Let’s Talk Farming educational offering up-to-date,” said Guy Smith, NFU’s vice-president.

“We’ve enlisted the help of the country’s top experts in education and visitor attractions to develop a fun and interactive experience, aimed to get children excited about food and farming. The activities have been carefully created to educate children about the realities of farming, such as tractors and technology. It is all about offering a true representation of farming in a way that children can understand.”

The initiative has already received positive feedback during its first outing at the Norfolk Agricultural Society’s Spring Fling. “The Discovery Barn was great and so approachable,” said Jerry Perkins, a parent in attendance. “Everyone wanted to get involved with it and wanted a chance to try the combine steering activity. My son Freddy loved it.”

Charlotte Hornby commented that her daughter, Lucy, found it informative and beneficial. “My daughter was very engaged with the tractor-driving and magnetic maze,” she said. “She also had a great time milking Annabelle the cow.”

Between April and November, the Discovery Barn will be at over 30 school events, country shows and food festivals in the UK.

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