78 children from four Suffolk primary schools enjoyed a day out at Tuckwell Farms’ 1000 acre arable farm, near Framlingham on Tuesday in celebration of Suffolk Day.
Hosted by agricultural machinery specialist, Tuckwells, the children were given a tour of a state-of-the-art John Deere combine harvester, enjoyed a tractor and trailer ride into the heart of the farm to see a working demonstration of a cultivator, learnt all about the various crops grown on the farm and went insect hunting.
“It’s so important for children to understand where our food comes from and the processes involved in growing it,” explains Hannah Tuckwell. “East Anglia is historically the bread basket of England, so what better way to celebrate Suffolk Day than showing the next generation how wheat is grown, and how it ends up being a loaf of bread on a supermarket shelf.
Children from Dennington, Earl Soham, Bedfield and Worlingworth primary schools were all in attendance.
Hannah Tuckwell continues,” We sell and service tractors and other farm machinery across Suffolk and the southeast, but we are also farmers who have a passion for the land and those that grow anything on it. Being able to open the farm up for educational purposes and share our passion with local children has been a wonderful experience for us all, one which we truly hope to repeat and widen to a broader age group. It is our responsibility to inspire the next generation of farmers, and growers and protect our industry which is so important to this country and this county. ”
Following a morning of learning and activities, the children enjoyed a picnic lunch of local produce.