To coincide with the UK launch of the International Year of Pulses (YOP) 2016, Kids Country – which is the educational arm of The East of England Agricultural Society, have agreed to help by promoting YOP to 6,000 children from schools in Peterborough and the surrounding counties, at their yearly Kids Country ‘Food & Farming’ educational day, on Friday 1st July 2016.
This one day event is designed to appeal to young people aged between 4 and 14, who want to find out more about food, farming and the countryside. Interactive stands will be showcased in the exhibition halls and cattle sheds, providing a fun way to learn.
Sandra Lauridsen, Education Manager at the East of England Showground stated “…each year at the Food & Farming day, we chose a theme in which we can encourage schools to enter competitions. This year the theme will be on Peas & Pulses”.
The children can enter into 3 competitions;
Growing Peas – schools will be provided with packets of LG’s Anubis vining pea seed so that the children can grow their own pods before the event and bring them in for judging. The idea is to encourage children to grow their own in the future, as it is incredibly easy and good yields can be achieved in a small space.
Peas & Pulses Collage – the theme is limited to food, farming and the countryside. Using different coloured, shaped and textured peas & pulses, together with a bit of imagination and inspiration, children have been asked to produce a creative collage whilst naming the different peas & pulses used.
Cooking with Peas & Pulses – children are required to research recipes and ideas to make their own healthy and tasty soup or dip for judging. This is intended to encourage schools to cook peas & pulses with children.
Sandra said the children certainly enjoyed themselves last year, whilst being in an educational environment – which was the key aim of the programme. At the recent BEPA IYP launch in London, Sandra was introduced to Franek and Justin Barrett of Askew & Barrett, meeting up with them both afterwards to discuss the schools project.
Limagrain UK have agreed to send across some Anubis vining pea seeds for the children to plant, which will hopefully enable them to produce some healthy established pea pods in time for judging. Although it is very early for dried peas (as their pods at that point will be very immature), this isn’t the case for vining peas.
George Hunter and Franek Smith intend to pay another visit in February to lend a hand in improving the next generation’s relationship with food, farming and the countryside.
For more information on Kids Country events contact Sandra Lauridsen 01733 363514 email@example.com