From Farm to Fork launches in Louth

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AN award-winning outdoor learning experience, called From Farm to Fork, is to be launched in Louth.

Work is underway on the project, which will be run by The Co-operative Farms in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-operative, following an investment of £60,000.

From Farm to Fork is an award-winning initiative aimed at schoolchildren to give them a greater appreciation of the outdoors and an understanding of farming, both in supplying food and protecting wildlife within its natural habitat.

Louth based M & M Grantham Building Contractors have started clearing the ground for a classroom, kitchen and an outside learning area at The Co-operative Farms’ Louth Park Farms, which will run the From Farm to Fork project.

The project already operates at seven other farms either owned or managed by The Co-operative Farms and its eighth scheme at Louth Park Farms will officially launch later this year.

Visiting children will get hands-on experience in making healthy foods from scratch, such as vegetable soup and muesli, as well as growing their own crops in the garden space.

Ian Watson, Manager at Louth Park Farms, said: “We are delighted to be working with Lincolnshire Co-operative, especially as 2012 is the International Year of Co-operatives, to get the latest From Farm to Fork project underway in Lincolnshire.

“This is an exciting scheme which aims to inspire children to get passionate about food and farming, help them make healthier life choices and give them an understanding of food and where it comes from. It will not only give children an experience of the great outdoors, but it will also provide a significant investment in the Louth area and create two new jobs.”

Sam Turner, Membership and Community Manager at Lincolnshire Co-operative, added: “Lincolnshire Co-operative has got lots of good connections with local schools through our existing education work, which includes a primary school Maths Challenge and Fairtrade sessions, and this will be a valuable additional facility.

“We’re really pleased to be able to be pooling our resources and share our knowledge with the team at The Co-operative Farms and are looking forward to working together to make this a really great learning opportunity for local youngsters.”

The Co-operative Farms, part of The Co-operative Group, manages and contract farms several farming operations covering a 25-mile radius of Louth Park, which grow vining peas, wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

The From Farm to Fork project is part of The Co-operative’s Green Schools Revolution, a multi-channel sustainability education programme available to all schools in the UK.

The programme brings together a host of learning materials and practical opportunities to help teachers, parents and children take care of the environment in a fun and active way.

From learning about where food comes from, to visiting a wind farm and setting up a walking bus, the breadth of activities and resources are designed to bring environmental learning to life, and inspire the next generation of green pioneers.

For more information and for school registration, visit www.greenschools.coop