Teachers, from Hull and East Riding schools, have been inspired during their first visits to farms and local food producers as part of an innovative project in conjunction with Hull Tidal Teaching School and ‘Discovering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The project is designed to allow local food producers and teachers to work collaboratively so they can support each other in educating pupils and their families as to how and where their local food is produced.
Earlier this month teachers visited Carr House Farm and Wold Farm both near Driffield in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Carr House Farm
Carr House Farm, owned by the Sellers Family, is an organic farm which uses the wheat and other crops it grows, plus apples from its organic orchard to produce bread various other baked products and apple juice.
The New Curriculum has completed its first cycle and these experiences will enable teachers to revise and refine their curriculum plans forging greater, detailed links between food and farming.
Mrs Caroline Sellers showed teachers how the wheat grown and then milled on the farm can be used to bake bread in the Side Oven, wood fire oven. During school visits pupils are able to make their own bread.
Mr Sellers showing teachers the organic orchard, where the apples are farmed to produce their own apple juice.
Wold Farm, a mixed farm, producing beef and arable crops is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds.
Mr Paul Temple explains how his farming operates producing beef cattle and crops.
Learning about the crops plant cycle – Oilseed Rape,
As farmers care for the environment wide field margins provide a natural habitat for plants wildlife and insects. Manmade ponds provide much needed water in the dry Wolds environment..