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Resource takes children from farm to fork

The survey runs until the end of May.
The survey runs until the end of May.

Farming organisations have launched an online education hub to help teach children about food, farming and the countryside.

The organisations say the hub, which is designed for teachers, parents and pupils, is brimming with resources for home schooling during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The hub has been created by Quality Meat Scotland, the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), Food and Drink Federation Scotland, the Rowett Institute and the National Museum of Rural Life.

“There are presentations, handouts, videos, activities and lots more to engage learners, all in one easy-to-access place,” said RHET learning and development co-ordinator Sara Smith.

“Although in the current situation face-to-face sessions are not possible, you can still bring us to your venue by requesting a pre-recorded video on a topic of your choice.

“You can make your request via the RHET website as well as accessing the online portal.”

QMS health and education manager Alix Ritchie said the new hub complemented the organisation’s new video farm diary series.

The series, which observes life through the eyes of under-16s living on farms across Scotland, aims to connect children with their food and where it comes from.

Ms Ritchie added: “The current pandemic is highlighting to consumers how important and valuable our farming community and local food production chains are, so it’s important that we make the most of this opportunity to promote our world-class farming practices and our fantastic brands.”

She encouraged farming children to get involved by filming their farming stories and uploading them on social media using the #FarmKidDiaries hashtag.

The child who submits the best video, judged by QMS chairwoman Kate Rowell, will win a £50 Amazon voucher.

The online educational hub can be accessed here.

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