Sacrewell Farm charity hopes to educate people on source of food

Nikki Cherry crouching next to a barley field EMN-140722-180734001
Nikki Cherry crouching next to a barley field EMN-140722-180734001
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A farming charity that aims to educate people about where their food comes from has responded to “shocking” statistics showing children don’t know where food comes from.

The William Scott Abbott Trust, based at Sacrewell Farm near Wansford, has responded to a recent survey carried out by Kellogg’s which shows that almost half of primary school children in the UK have never visited a farm, and only one in six know that vegetables are grown by farmers.

The trust, which was established in 1964, is a charity which teaches people about food and farming.

It recently appointed a new learning and interpretation officer Nikki Cherry, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Her job is to encourage more people to learn about what they are eating, but also to understand where it came from and how it was made.

Mrs Cherry said: “It is shocking just how many children do not know that potato waffles come from potatoes grown underground, beans grow on plants and bacon comes from a pig.”

With these new statistics highlighting the ignorance of children about where their food comes from, the farm is encouraging more people to visit and learn how food is produced.

As part of the £1.7m watermill project, the farm’s 18th century working watermill will be fully restored and visitors will be able to learn about milling and how flour is baked into bread.

Visitors can already take a tractor tour of the farm to visit the fields farmed by tenant farmers Riverford Organic Farms.

Mrs Cherry said: “Having worked in city centre schools for many years I know how important it is to give children the chance to visit countryside locations and for them to understand where their food comes from.

“For me, the article shows the relevance of the work we do at Sacrewell is as critical today as it ever has been.”