Co-operative launches new £60k educational food campaign in Louth
FROM horse meat scandals to the dangers of eating processed meat a project to educate about where our food actually comes from couldn't come at a better time.
Following a £60,000 investment The Co-operative Farms vows to do just that after launching its From Farm to Fork Scheme at Louth Park Farms.
The new centre includes a classroom, kitchen and outdoor learning area.
It will enable pupils from visiting schools to learn about healthy living and get out in to the arable farmland to hear how food is grown and how to prepare healthy meals.
Louth Co-operative Farms manager Ian Watson said: "The launch of the "From Farm to Fork" project was a great success.
"We were delighted that more than 50 guests were able to join us and help celebrate the official opening of the outdoor learning facility and see the new facility for themselves.
"We are looking forward to working with Lincolnshire Co-operative and welcoming schools and young people from across Lincolnshire and beyond to help them learn about where their food comes from, and healthy eating, as well as gaining a greater appreciation of the outdoors and an understanding of farming, both in supplying food and protecting wildlife within its natural habitat."
To help launch the centre celebrity chef Rachel Green gave pupils from Kidgate Primary School a hands-on lesson in how to make healthy pizzas from scratch using ingredients from Co-operative farms and food stores.
More than 90,000 children have taken part in the programme across eight other farms since it launched in 2005.
Head of The Co-operative's Green Schools Revolution programme Sarah Klueter said: "We are pleased to officially launch our new From Farm to Fork project at Louth, which will provide excellent educational facilities and learning opportunities for schools across Lincolnshire and beyond.
"This scheme has not only provided significant investment and created two new jobs in Louth, but it will also give children an experience of the great outdoors, as well as a greater understanding of farming and where their food comes from."
From learning about where food comes from, to visiting a wind farm the 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.