Eyemouth pupils get a taste of farm life

Pupils meet small anuimals along with Borders College students
Pupils meet small anuimals along with Borders College students

Eyemouth High School pupils got a taste of the farming industry during a day of workshop activities at the Borders Union show ground.

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), together with Border Union Agricultural Society, organised the event at Kelso for the Eyemouth students and pupils from Newbattle High School at Dalkeith.

Members of the local agricultural community provided 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 enabled pupils to learn where their food comes from and gave them an insight into some of the career opportunities available within the rural economy.

Sessions covered Scottish cereals and bread making using yeast, cattle anatomy, organic farming, deer and game management, precision farming and rural careers.

Several RHET volunteer farmers and partners including the Dick Vet, Scottish National Heritage, Borders College, Crop Services, Field to Fork, and Tweed Valley Venison helped deliver the programme and all the workshops were as hands-on as possible, pupils making bread, pregnancy diagnosing cattle, sitting on tractors and meeting small pets, tasting tomatoes and examining a deer carcass.

The 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.