Rural Community Champion Prize for Barleylands Education Officer

Barleylands Education Officer becomes Rural Community Champion

Congratulations were in store for Karen Watson, Barleylands Education Officer, as she was selected as a local winner of the Agrii Rural Community Champions Project this month.

Since the beginning of the year Agrii have been running a campaign to find the nation’s rural community champions – local heroes who go about and beyond the day job to make their local communities a better place to live and work.

The competition was run in conjunction with FCN, a charity who provide advice and support for farming families in time of crisis.

As Barleylands Education Officer, Karen welcomes thousands of school children to the farm every year to help them understand where their food comes from. This hugely important message is facilitated by planting, harvesting and cooking with food from the farm in the Barleylands kitchen, as well as creating hugely popular curriculum based themed days. Click here to find out more.

Karen also organises Essex Schools Food and Farming Day; Essex Agricultural Society’s annual event for schools, hosted at Writtle College which attracts 3000 children from Essex schools each year.

Said Chris Philpot, Barleylands Owner “I personally nominated Karen for this award and we’re all delighted she has this recognition for her enthusiasm and dedication.”