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School children across Lincolnshire will see a new addition to their playground when the ‘Tractors into Schools’ initiative returns in March.
The project, which was launched in 2016 will return for the third year to educate children on farming, food and where it all comes from. The campaign is jointly organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society (LAS), National Farmers Union (NFU) and Lincolnshire Young Farmers Clubs and aims to help children understand more about the county’s food and farming industry.
More than 40 farmers are set to take part in the scheme, which runs from March 4 to March 8. During the week, farmers will team up with local schools to talk about what they do and inspire the next generation of farmers. The tractor will provide many learning opportunities, both the experience of seeing a tractor up close and also the students will be engaged with a variety of activities including showcasing farming’s modern work-horses and the different jobs they do.
Rosie Crust, Education and Development Officer at the Lincolnshire Showground, said: “Having a tractor in school is a fantastic and memorable learning experience for children. Even though we live in an agricultural county, too many children have little or no understanding of what farmers do and what they produce.
This needs to be addressed and we’re hoping that by talking to a farmer and seeing a tractor up close, they’ll understand more about where their food comes from and how it gets from our fields to their plates. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about the varied jobs in the agri-food sector, encouraging them to join the industry in the future.”
For more information about the project and how to get involved for 2019 contact Rosie Crust, Education and Development Officer at the Lincolnshire Showground, by calling 01522 585521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org