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planting seeds
Farmer David Sedgeman shows visiting children how to sow wheat seeds. Each school was given a metre sqare plot on which to grow enough wheat seed to make one loaf of bread next year.

wheat cultivating machinery 2010
Old and new cultivating machinery for planting wheat at Staple Farm

combining old and new

A spectacular display of harvesting machinery old and new was watched by 800 children.

Combining and baling old and new

HomeSchool Visits

Taste the Harvest!
September 2010

Children get their daily bread, from seed to loaf.....

The two day Taste the Harvest event, held at Staple Farm, near Taunton this week  was a spectacular success! 
800 children from 25 school around Taunton and Bridgwater in Somerset enjoyed finding out all about how their food is grown, harvested and turned into lunch!  They were taken through the history of farming this century from heavy horses, to modern harvesting equipment and shown how crops are sown, nurtured, and gathered in.  The event culminated in an extraordinary display of harvesting using a 1940's binder, a 1960's combine harvester, and a contemporary combine. Each school also sowed enough grain in a plot donated to them, to grow their own loaf of bread next year.  Teachers overwhelmingly declared Taste the Harvest a wonderfully worthwhile hands on opportunity for the children with excellent  links to the curriculum.
Brain child of two local farmers, Mark Pope and Rob Walrond, it was a huge voluntary effort by hundreds of members of the farming and local community with sponsorship from many local organisations and companies inlcuding the Blackdown Hills AONB Sustainable Development Fund and  Making It Local.
'It was the most invigorating experience and will have gone a long way to helping many more children understand the whole chain from sowing the seed to turning it into bread.  We had fantastic support from the agricultural community and helpers it was a great achievement!'  Enthuses, organiser Mark Pope, on whose farm the event was held.

Click here to see the wheat planted!

Taste the Harvest 2007  saw children enjoying making their lunch and seeing where their daily bread comes from

Taste the Harvest 2004
saw children enjoy themselves making biscuits

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If you would like to visit Staple Farm with your school, please contact Mark Pope:

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freshly harvested grain taste the harvest 2010
School children inspect the freshly harvested grain.

Handwashing before lunch

"This was an excellent day - we all enjoyed it and learnt a great deal . We have used the day across the curriculum as well as plans to use the day as a theme for our harvest service." (Teacher's feedback)

baker with bread rolls

Bob the baker with childrens' bread rolls ready for lunch

"Thank you so much for letting us enjoy ourselves while we were at your farm. Not 1 bit was boring! I loved the combine harvester. I have never had so much fun at a farm before. When we made the bread I was so excited I made a happy face!'"
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