From Farm to Fork - Duns Rotary gets its chips

Where do frozen chips come from?

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 26th October 2010, 8:10 am

Even in agricultural Berwickshire a surprising number of primary schoolchildren can’t link a bag of chips with a potato.

This was the experience of Sally Fleming, teacher and project leader of the From Farm To Fork project based at The Hirsel, Coldstream.

Funded by The Co-operative’s social goals programme and with the enthusiastic support of Douglas and Angus Estates, whose land at The Hirsel is farmed by The Co-operative, this project brings to the Borders the From Farm To Fork teaching initiative, started in Oadby, Leicestershire, which allows primary school children to improve their understanding of where their food comes from and how it is grown, through a supervised and structured farm visit.

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Sally Fleming came along to Duns Rotary Club last week to set out what the project does and how children learn about food and farming.

Children see examples of food growing on a special demonstration area, learn to identify key features of farming in the different seasons and gain experience of preparing food for themselves from the ingredients they have been learning about

Practical support with course materials comes from local Co-operative stores.

The project is proving to be very popular and has had school visits from Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway and Northumberland as well as from the Scottish Borders.

Sally spoke about the project with great enthusiasm and it was clear to members that it benefited not only the children but also the economy of this area by promoting greater understanding of the essential role farming plays in our modern world.

President of the Rotary Club John Marjoribanks thanked her for her presentation and the club responded heartily to the vote of thanks proposed by Wilf Scott.