Farmer Sam’s Tractor Goes on Tour

by Lawrence Frohn, April 18, 2016

What happens when you send 74 tractors to 74 different primary schools in Suffolk? Farmer Sam recently discovered the answer to that exact question when we took part in the Tractors in Schools initiative!

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Run by the Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) and the East Anglian Daily Times (EADT), Tractors in Schools is an annual programme designed to give pupils an exclusive peek into the life of a farmer.  By talking about our day job – and revealing how our food travels from field to table – the initiative engages children with the local farming community and highlights career opportunities within our exciting industry.

 

 

We visited Wenhaston to talk tractors, chickens and crops

This year, Sam was lucky enough to visit Wenhaston Primary School. With a little help from his pride and joy – our Fendt tractor – Sam gave pupils a unique insight into life here at Hillfarm.

Talking about how we use our tractors and why they’re so important for making food, the children had some great questions to fuel our discussions. Many of the Wenhaston pupils made an excellent point – that “eggs from chickens don’t need a tractor” – which prompted a lively chat with Farmer Sam about how tractors are used to make chicken feed, which in turn boosts egg production.

One of our favourite parts of the day was a show and tell with our Hillfarm produce.  Sam took buckets to the school, filled with a range different products grown on the farm including wheat, barley, peas and rapeseed. And of course, the day would not be complete without trying out the tractor! Under the guidance of their teachers, the children all enjoyed sitting in the tractor cab before saying goodbye to Farmer Sam.

Until next year…

From all of the team at Hillfarm, we’d like to say a huge thank you to the staff and pupils at Wenhaston Primary School for such a brilliant, thought-provoking day. Thank you also to the SAA and the EADT, whose work with Tractors in Schools is having a big, positive impact on our local community. We were thrilled to be taking part, and are already looking forward to next year!

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