Thank you to Waitrose Community Matters
Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

Waitrose Community Matters

A BIG thank you to Waitrose online shoppers for supporting FACE over the past three months. You raised in excess of £4,000 for us through the Waitrose Community Matters scheme.

How can you continue to support FACE?

Make a donation

Every pound donated will be invested in helping children learn about food and farming in a sustainable countryside

£50 will provide stimulating resources for children in one school to explore where their food comes from
£100 will introduce a class of children to the joy of growing their own food
£150 will train a farmer to communicate his/her passion for food and farming
£250 will evoke awe and wonder in 30 children on a farm visit
£500 will inspire a teacher to bring the countryside into the classroom

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FACE (Farming & Countryside Education) is the leading educational charity helping children to learn more about the importance of food and farming in today's complex world.

Today's children will have to face the challenge of feeding the world's population by 2050. We want to prepare them for that dauntingtask while, at the same time, helping them to develop healthy lifestyles of their own.

Focusing on areas of deprivation, we support visits to farms, we train teachers to give them confidence to teach about these vital topics and we work to improve the lives of children through thefood they eat.

Can we come again tomorrow?

This child's response to one of our farm visits is not unusual. So many children benefit from the chance to spend a day outdoors, learning where the milk they put on their cereal actually comes from or seeing the cereal itself growing in the fields. Of course, we also work with many children who come to school without breakfast. These children in particular appreciate our Chef on the Farm days where they learn with the help of a professional chef to make their own lunch and then sit down together as a class to sample the soup and the fruit salad. It tastes great when you have made it yourself and what a lifeskill learnt with such expert tuition!

It isn't just the children who learn during our sessions. "School staff had not seen real working farms and this link to the food we eat helps develop strong learning about cookery and healthy eating.

"The children were amazed at the whole experience and loved the relative freedom that being on the farm gave them compared to being in school. The visual impact of this trip is likely to be a real benefit for these children. It was a fantastic visit."

You can help us

  • to work with school communities
  • to help children and young adults understand the connection between farming and their daily lives

So that

  • All children leave school able to make inspired and informed decisions about their relationship to food and its production.
  • All teachers feel confident in teaching food and farming topics to the multitude of children who learn through them.

Children on the farm