Welsh food and farming took centre stage when NFU Cymru staff and members delivered farming lessons to students at Ysgol Calon Cymru’s Llandrindod Wells and Builth Wells campuses.
The events, which were organised as part of the school’s ‘wellbeing days’, saw NFU Cymru run a series of workshops that aimed to dispel myths about farming and highlight the importance of food security.
NFU Cymru Brecon & Radnor County Chair Sharon Hammond said: “I’m pleased that we could be part of such an important event with Ysgol Calon Cymru. While it’s a largely rural school, we were able to create workshops around myth-busting and sustainability to educate and equip pupils with the facts around Welsh farming and why it’s so important to Wales.
“In each 60-minute session, pupils were asked to discuss myths about farming and were involved in the step-by-step process of making butter. There was also a smoothie making competition, baking bread and a ready steady cook event. The smoothies consisted of locally produced strawberries from Matthews fruit farm in Aberbran, Brecon and just across the border Moor Court in Lyonshall.
“It’s so important to teach the next generation about where their food comes from and how they can make good food choices for the climate. Welsh red meat and dairy are among the most sustainable foods in the world and we hope that our lessons at this event will have highlighted the importance of buying local and buying Welsh.”
Emily Bevan, Food and Nutrition teacher for Ysgol Calon Cymru, said: “Pupils and staff invited Abi Reader and Stella Owen, as well as other members from NFU Cymru, to join them in a day that celebrates wellbeing. The whole experience from beginning to end was magnificent, pupils enjoyed the interactive sessions and especially the link with the farming community.
“It truly was a day to remember, an experience that our pupils can’t wait to repeat, they are already asking staff to book everyone in again.”