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Youngsters Enjoy a Hearty Start to the Day at Showground
24/01/08

More than 100 schoolchildren enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate and learned just why it is the most important meal of the day, courtesy of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Chief Executive Nigel Pulling with Myles Kirk, aged 9, and Star the hen.

Chief Executive Nigel Pulling with Myles Kirk, aged 9, and Star the hen.

The special event on Tuesday, 22 January, was arranged as part of the organisation’s support of National Farmhouse Breakfast Week. Around 118 pupils from St Robert’s Catholic Primary School in Harrogate took part in a series of workshops which highlighted the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and the importance of good quality, regional food.

The seven to 11-year-olds also examined their own eating habits, and found cereal and milk was the most popular start to the day, closely followed by toast. Just four pupils had eaten nothing for their breakfast.

As well as learning about milk and dairy products with Sarah Kalkowski of Hazel Brow Farm in Richmond, North Yorkshire, the children met some of the farm hens and enjoyed hearing more about poultry and eggs from her colleague, Amanda Fuller.

George Hamilton of Growing Routes explained how crops such as barley and corn ended up on our breakfast tables, while the team from Metcalfe Organics of Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, introduced the group to a range of delicious fruit and vegetables.

Grant and Mark Burton of JH & M Burton of Wilberfoss, York, demonstrated the art of sausage-making, and the pupils – and their teachers – enjoyed the end results as part of their breakfast, along with cereals, local milk and fruit. The sausage and bacon baps were cooked by members of Ladies in Pigs, an organisation promoting the quality and versatility of British pork and pork products.

Nigel Pulling, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, said: “The morning was a great success. The children learned more about exactly where their food comes from - in Yorkshire we have farmers who work hard to ensure we have the very best produce to put on our tables.

“The Society is dedicated to promoting the quality and availability of fantastic local food, and Farmhouse Breakfast Week is a wonderful opportunity to do so.

“Children also need to learn how vital it is to eat good quality, healthy food in order to grow and develop properly. A good breakfast sets them up for the day and improves concentration, which will benefit their education.”

• Farmhouse Breakfast Week runs from 21-27 January 2007 and is now in its ninth 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.

link Big Farmhouse Breakfast Fundraiser
link 2008 Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast looms
link National Food Policy Has Massive Potential

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