Pupils learn about local food and farming

School children group photo at Balgay Farm
Norette Ferns

Balgay Farm opened its gates on 21 February for an event to teach school children about local farming and food production.

The free Food & Farming Day was organised by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) Perth & Kinross, sponsored by the Scottish Government's Food and Drink Industry Division.

115 pupils from the Carse of Gowrie catchment area took part in the event, learning about the care of cattle and sheep, the machinery used on the farm, the production of potatoes in Scotland and the assurance standards and health benefits of Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

Iain Wilkinson, with support from Dr Ian & Sheena Graham -- owners of Balgay Farm, worked hard to ensure everything was in place for the children to have a safe, fun and educational experience.

Ms Stewart from Longforgan Primary School said:

"Thank you so much for a fabulous morning at Balgay Farm – we had a ball. The children had a great time and learned lots which we are hoping to continue working on in class."

Alix Ritchie RHET Perth and Kinross coordinator explains:

"Food & Farming Days provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn about food production. The Food & Farming Day wouldn’t be possible without all of our volunteers and I am grateful to all of them, especially the Grahams and Iain who hosted the event, for all their continued support in championing this cause."

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) delivers experiential learning opportunities for children in Scotland by working with volunteers to provide free educational activities linked to a Curriculum for Excellence. It is run as a charity and receives its core funding from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

Visit the RHET website to find out more.