The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has invited more than 100 youngsters
to enjoy breakfast at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate,
as part of its support for the national campaign, Farmhouse Breakfast
The 118 children, from Grove Road Primary School in Harrogate, will
also take part in a series of workshops being held to highlight the
benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and the importance of good
quality regional food.
The eight to 11 year olds will take part in a mini-survey to discover
their own breakfast routines and preferences, and will also have
the chance to ‘milk’ an artificial cow as they learn
how our farmers work hard to put good food on our tables.
The breakfast menu will include a choice of cereals, local milk and
fruit, and either a bacon or sausage bap cooked by members of Ladies
in Pigs, an organisation which promotes the quality and versatility
of British pork and pork products.
The Chief Executive of Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Nigel Pulling,
said: “The morning is a great opportunity for the children
to literally get a flavour of the wonderful food we are producing
right here in Yorkshire.
“Farmers play a pivotal role in the production of our food,
and children also need to learn how important it is to eat good
quality, healthy food in order to grow and develop properly. A good breakfast
with nutritious local food helps improve concentration, and thus
benefit their education.”
The Headteacher of Grove Road, Tony Winfield, said he was delighted
the school would be part of such an important initiative. “At
Grove Road we make sure that we emphasise the importance of a healthy
lifestyle and promote the ‘five-a-day’ message. Teaching
the children the value of a good breakfast is vitally important – it
sets them up for the day and helps them to use their thinking skills
effectively. This event will reinforce that message, and we see
great value in being part of it.”
The youngsters will be welcomed by Hazel Baker, the Society’s
Education Adviser, and workshops will follow including:
- Fruit & Vegetables – Elizabeth
Hudson of Framework 4 Change will explain the importance of fresh
fruit and vegetables in our diets and make delicious smoothies
- Cereals & Crops – George
Hamilton of Growing Routes, who will also carry out a mini-survey
on the children’s breakfast
- Special Sausages – Grant & Mark Burton of JH & M
Burton, Wilberfoss, York
Milk & Dairy – Mick Hird of Askham Bryan College
- Farmhouse Breakfast Week runs from 21-27 January 2007 and is
now in its eighth year.
- The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is best known as the organiser
of the Great Yorkshire Show and Countryside Live Food and Farming
Fair; however it gives support year round to the farming industry.
More than £600,000 is given annually to assist agriculture.
It has an extensive education programme to raise awareness amongst
children, students and teachers, of the value of using local
food and recognising the part played by the region’s farmers
in its production. Under the leadership of Education Adviser
Hazel Baker, events for children and teachers are run at the
showground year round, using the site as a resource for learning.
- Framework for Change - Framework for Change is the group responsible
for delivering the Government's Sustainable Farming & Food
Strategy in the Yorkshire & Humber region. It is a partnership
between public, private and voluntary sectors focused on achieving
the vision of a dynamic, entrepreneurial and sustainable farming & food
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