Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Spring Fling 2016

Harvesting Holkham Wheat

On Tuesday 5th April, the Education Department took our interactive farming stall to the Norfolk Showground, as we took part in our first Spring Fling. We joined over 70 other stands at this fantastically fun and educational day which aims to teach 4-14 year olds more about food provenance, farming and the countryside. It was a sell-out event, with more than 5000 tickets sold and Michaela and Will were kept busy by the young attendees all day.

An interactive game, devised especially for the show, helped children identify all the different crops grown by Holkham Farming Company  and then showed them how they were planted and harvested and what products they were then made into. Did you know that our malted barley gets made into Maltesers, or that our maize produces household gas for the people of Wells?

Keen agricultural enthusiasts also battled it out in a game of farming machinery Top Trumps. Not many machines could beat the value of our New Holland T9 560 tractor, which cost us £263,000!

We all had a fantastic day and hundreds of Norfolk children were very pleased to take home our awesome lamb, calf and tractor posters. Bring on the next Spring Fling!

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