National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 May 2014

Young Farmers' Clubs are invited to take part in British Food Fortnight 2014 by creating a Harvest box that celebrates the food produced in their part of the UK. 

Each Harvest box needs to contain fruit and vegetables clubs have grown themselves and a selection of food from local producers in their part of the country.  The boxes will play a starring role at the annual National Harvest Service, to be held this year in Birmingham Cathedral on the 20 October.

Boxes might contain vegetables from your farm or allotment or herbs grown in windowsills and hanging baskets; delicious treats such as Harvest loaves or bramble jelly made using local flour or fruit you have picked yourself; and products from local cheese, meat and vegetable producers.

Children will be invited to the National Harvest Service where the boxes will take pride of place.  The display in Birmingham Cathedral will be admired by a host of VIPs and afterwards, the produce will be donated to a local charity.

You can apply online to take part until the 24 July 2014 at, where you can also find plenty of ideas and tips on planning and producing your Harvest box. Your activities can take place in after school clubs, during activities weeks, at home, or as part of the curriculum.

The National Harvest Service is part of the Bring Home the Harvest for British Food Fortnight campaign, which aims to bring together communities from across the UK to help rekindle the age old tradition of celebrating the Harvest, which is this year supported by Tesco.

Last year the inaugural event was held in Westminster Abbey, and was attended by NFYFC and the 2012/13 Chairman of Council Milly Wastie read an address.

How else can you get involved in Bring Home the Harvest?

  • Bring Home the Harvest in your Community: In association with The Telegraph the search is on for the new Harvest Heroes - the communities that organise the most innovative, inclusive and imaginative harvest celebrations during British Food Fortnight.  There’s a new category for schools and young people in 2014 - the winners of which will receive an action-packed gardening workshop with Chris Collins and cookery equipment from Tesco Home Range.  Why not use the preparation of your Harvest box to create an event that your friends and family can join in with?
  • #HarvestFever:  With Farmers Guardian, we want to see you showing off your home grown produce during British Food Fortnight, with your funkiest “Harvest Fever” poses!  Throw those shapes, use the hashtag #HarvestFever and nominate people you know by “Harvest Fever forwarding” to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to tag @LoveBritishFood and @FarmersGuardian !


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