Essex Schools Food and Farming Day

2021 live show day | CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

BUT we will be still providing the same amount of schools with an amazing bundle of interactive and engaging learning opportunities, covering various aspects of the 5 ‘zones’ that the children would normally experience at the live show day, but from the safety of their own classroom environment! See the Event Information for 2021 page for more details.

The Essex Schools Food and Farming Day is a yearly event organised by the Essex Agricultural Society giving 3,000 Essex school children aged eight to 11 the opportunity to visit Writtle University College and find out how their food is produced, the role played by farmers in Essex and the many related jobs within the industry.

This is financially supported by Essex County Council who kindly supply the bulk of the funding needed to facilitate the event. The day relies on our wonderful farmer stewards, lots of exhibitors who give up their time, the staff and students from Writtle University College and our other sponsors who fund the event.

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From pupils, teachers, chaperones and parents…

“The Essex Schools Food & Farming Day provides an amazing opportunity for our children to see first hand the processes involved in food production. The many interactive exhibits manned by real farmers and food producers really help the children understand the journey from field to fork. This event adds to our pupils’ science capital by allowing them to become immersed in the world just beyond the garden gate.”

Darren Bretton, Teacher

“I just thought I would drop you a quick email to say how much I enjoyed the day on Essex Schools Food and Farming Day and thank you for organising it so well. The Vange school were a great group, who were very engaged and excited with the event and very responsive in keeping to time frames which made it a really fun event.”

Volunteer Farm Steward

“Dear ESFFD Team, On behalf of Otter Class at Stock School, we would love to say a massive thank you for what you have organised for us. We all had a great day”

Callum, Stock C of E Primary School.