Learning about food from farms to the fork

CHILDREN from a Chichester school swapped their classroom for the supermarket on a visit to Tesco in Fishbourne last week.

The children, from Central Junior School, took part in a Farm To Fork trail, in a quest to find out more about the food on their plate and how it gets there.

Backed by Diabetes UK, the Children’s Food Trust and the NFU among others, Farm To Fork is the first initiative of Tesco’s Eat Happy Project, a major new food education programme that is committed to improving children’s relationship with food.

The children learnt about different foods, made bread and even held a fish.

On their trail, nine and ten-year-olds from the school were also treated to an interactive learning session behind the scenes last Thursday, and were given an opportunity to try a piece of fruit and cheese they had never eaten before.

Central Junior School teacher Mrs Tallis said: “It really was a fantastic trip and the children learnt a great deal about where the food they eat comes from and how it arrives and is stored at the shop.

“It was so interesting to hear their reactions to the different foods they tasted. Many saying they really enjoyed the different tastes and textures of the exotic fruits. Others were amazed that they liked Stilton cheese.

“The bread-making was a big hit, too!”

Chichester Farm to Fork trail leader Ashley Pledger said: “It was a pleasure having children from the Central Junior School attend our Farm To Fork trail.

“The aim of these trails is to inspire primary school children all over the country to learn more about the food on their plate and you could see the children today were really excited and enthusiastic.

“We look forward to welcoming more schools in the area to come and experience a trail for themselves.”

The second phase of Farm To Fork, to launch later in the year, will involve cookery courses for children in stores, working with the Children’s Food Trust.