Food Education is always on the menu here at Barleylands Farm and on Tuesday 12th May we opened our doors to 48 year five pupils from St Cedds School, Chelmsford who participated in a ‘Stone Age Day’.
The day was action packed with activities with the children stepping back in time as hunter-gatherers, making a Neanderthal stew with berries, watercress, nettles and onions. Tasting Nettle pudding and Stone Age muesli was also a great ‘treat’ for the children and their teachers.
The innovative education programme at Barleylands is curriculum linked, teaching children about food through various topics. As farmers, we are passionate about teaching children how their food gets from field to fork and there is no better place to do this than ‘down on the farm’.
Said Karen Watson our Education Officer “The Palaeolithic diet was actually not that different to the 21st century healthy diet which we are all encouraged to follow, so the children were also learning about healthy eating during their visit which is hugely important today.”
Each year, we welcome 12,000 school children for educational visits and offer a range of themed days for schools, including the popular Stone Age to Iron Age days. We also run an active outreach programme at schools. Click here to find out more.