This week Queen’s College has been celebrating ‘Farming Fortnight’ a national campaign to promote farming and food production. We were absolutely delighted to welcome NFU (National Farmers Union) representative, ‘Farmers for Schools Ambassador’, local Taunton farmer and ex-student Old Queenian, Peter Venn back to Queen’s.
He delivered lessons to three different Prep classes about how he produces the food on his farm in Taunton, how the crops grow from seed and the day-to-day life on their farm. Peter delivered a series of engaging and exciting presentations that prompted lots of thought-provoking discussions with our pupils about food and farming.
“It was a lovely opportunity to be back at Queen’s College and to be able to pass on my knowledge and expertise to the next generation as well as a chance to showcase the value of British farming”, said Peter. He continued, “school pupils are the industry’s future and initiatives like this will ensure that our industry continues to be strong, dynamic and efficient. I can’t wait to come back and speak to Senior school pupils”.
Mr Mann, Head of the Faculty of Art, Design, and Food added, “this is an exciting and inspiring opportunity to educate and connect young people with where their food comes from. It is vital to enable them to make more informed food choices while capturing their enthusiasm to connect with topical issues around climate change, sustainable diets and well-being and at the same time showcasing the range of future career opportunities available in the agricultural sector”.