NFU Education is launching its Farmers for Schools programme and is searching for farmer ambassadors who can provide the UK’s teenagers with first-hand experiences about food production and career opportunities within farming.
This programme will be an extension of the NFU’s work in primary schools, with previous programmes such as the Farmvention challenge and Farming STEMterprise project.
Luke Abblitt, a current NFU Farmers for Schools ambassador, said: “I truly believe that children need to learn where their food comes from, and who is better to explain this than the farmers and growers producing it? I’ve done school talks in the past and have been concerned by how removed students are from the way food is produced and its role in nature. The Farmers for Schools programme is so important in bridging this knowledge gap.”
NFU President Minette Batters added: “This is an exciting programme that will give farmers the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation, as well as talking about farming’s vital role in producing food for the nation and the role it plays in caring for the environment. “