Field to Fork Education Hub for Somerset Schools

Somerset Play Forum works in conjunction with Somerset Public Health on a brand new initiative with school children.The field to fork    project aims to help children and young people make better links between school meals, food production, cooking and healthy eating. The heart of the project  revolves around a Field to Fork Learning Hub based at Frogmary Green farm in South Somerset.  The hub provides a variety of outdoor learning opportunities including farm visits, growing and wildlife activities, cooking workshops and natural play sessions.

With further potential for:

  • Cooking and nutrition training for teaching staff
  • Vocational training at secondary and FE level – farming and land-based studies
  • Food education, cooking and growing for targeted groups and families
  • Broader wellbeing benefits of outdoor learning and physical activity
  • Conservation, sustainability and environmental studies
  • Projects that support an increase in school-meal take-up

In 2016 and 2017 the farm also played host to the Somerset Play Forum  conferences.

The Field to Fork Learning Hub offers an all-weather outdoor classroom facility for up to 40 people, a vegetable garden, forest school area  , outdoor storage, compost area, hand-washing facilities, toilets and tools. The site will also offer a teaching kitchen and conference room for events and training programmes.

Somerset Play Forum facilitate and manage the farm visits for schools through a dedicated booking page see link above.

The hub is also twinned with a town-based Community Market Garden Project in Taunton with further potential for other growing and outdoor learning sites to be linked up in the future. The Taunton market garden project is based on the same site as a newly developed school meal production kitchen. This will offer local schools first-hand experience of being part of the food supply chain; by growing the ingredients for their own school meals.

The Field to Fork Learning Hub began running during the summer term 2015. For further enquiries about the project and how to get involved, please contact Fiona Moir FXMoir@somerset.gov.uk or use the contact form below.

 

 

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Field to fork

Frogmary Green Farm
West Street
South Petherton
Somerset
TA13 5DJ

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NEWS!!!! - finally our long awaited outdoor classroom at Frogmary Green farm is in use. After almost 2 years, and many planning delays, our classrom is  built and its fabulous!

 

 The classroom will be a dedicated learning environment for schools visits to the farm and provide a  host of new activities that havent been possible in the conference centre. Messy play, gardening and forest schools activities to name but a few. Exciting times!