Essex Schools Food and Farming Day

2022  | Virtual & In-School Event

2021 saw the Essex Schools Food & Farming Day event take a new direction, to be covid compliant and keep everyone safe. We still provided 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!

To play it super safe again, giving schools plenty of time to regain confidence in mass gatherings of multiple schools, we are going down this route again in 2022. For specific information on the 2022 event, please see the  Event Information for 2022 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 several Trusts and organisations to whom we are extremely grateful. 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.

Timings for the 2022 event are listed below.

Applications open to schools on 1st November 2021

Submissions need to be received by 26th November 2021.

Places will be confirmed to schools by 6th December 2021.

Virtual content will be available on our website from 7th January 2022.

Delivery of the 2022 Event Package to schools will in the week after Easter holidays, so w/c 25th April 2022.

Feedback due back from all schools that took part by 30th June 2022.

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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.