Food and Farming Student Day 22 June 2016
This highly popular event was held for the sixth year at Hollow Trees Farm, Semer near Ipswich, by kind permission of Sally and Robert Bendall. The event was organised by a partnership of Hollow Trees Farm, Easton & Otley College, Suffolk Agricultural Association and Suffolk Education Business Partnership Ltd with support from local employers, and was sponsored by the Chadacre Agricultural Trust. The event provides an opportunity for 13-15 year-old Suffolk students to learn about agriculture and the huge range of career options offered by the Food and Farming Industry, such as careers in crop production, agricultural engineering, research, food, sales, marketing and conservation. The students were split into small groups and escorted by stewards from the farming industry to the eight interactive workshops around the farm.
Suffolk Show 1 and 2 June 2016: Young Handlers' Competition
The Trust has sponsored the Young Handlers' Competitions - Pigs and Sheep, at the Suffolk Agricultural Association's shows for the past twenty three years.
Grants awarded in 2016/17
A total of 57 students received grants from the Trust in 2016/17. Thirty one were students of agriculture and related subjects, five were undertaking veterinary courses, seven farriery apprenticeships, and one student of agricultural engineering.
Under the category of Farming Education, eleven grants were awarded, including those to the Suffolk and the Norfolk Federations of Young Farmers' Clubs, the Royal Agricultural University's Farm Management Development Programme, and the IAgSA Farm Office Handbook update.
Much emphasis is placed on teaching children and young people about farming and food production, the Trust sponsoring a wide range of activities. These include the Suffolk Agricultural Association's Schools' Farm and Country Fair, and Food and Farming Student Day, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association's Spring Fling, the Norfolk Schools' Food and Farming Challenge, the Essex Agricultural Society's Schools' Farm Day, and the East Essex Food and Farming Group's Schools' day. Also the Holt and District Farmers' Club's Sixth Form Student Day, and the East of England Agricultural Society's education programme.
Six research projects are currently receiving funding, two at the University of Hertford on diseases of oilseed rape, one at Harper Adams University on ventilation systems for pig buildings, the ADAS spring oat project, the Vegetable Consultancy Services' trials to control diseases in onions, and the Stowmarket Wheat Yield project.
Veterinary student news
The Trust supports veterinary students with the aim of encouraging them to take up careers in the farming industry.
Therefore priority is now given to students undertaking Extra Mural Studies and Elective projects involving production animals.
East Essex Food & Farming Group: Schools' Day 10 May 2016
More than 250 children from eight Essex primary schools attended the Dengie Hundred Schools' Day at Burnham Wick Farm, Burnham on Crouch to learn how their food is produced, to see sheep shearing, farm machinery, bees in hives and to follow a nature trail. The children each received a goody bag containing leaflets, honey, bread, pre-packed butter, milk and cheese.
This annual event is run by volunteers and members of EEFFG, who are dedicated to informing and educating children about food matters.
Institute of Fund Raising Award
The Trust, nominated by The Country Trust, was the winner of the of the Best Grant Giver in the Institute of Fundraising Regional Awards for 2016. Mr Garnham and Mr Wallace accepted the award on behalf of the Trust.