National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 July 2012

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    Poul Christensen, Chairman of Natural England (right) finds Young Farmer Tom Collison’s (second left) food just a tad spicy.

Young Farmers held a cookery demonstration, organised games and ran farming themed activities at the Mayor of Newham’s Show at the weekend as the Olympic Torch made its way through the London borough. Working in partnership with Natural England, Jamie’s Ministry of Food – Stratford and the London Borough of Newham, YFC members delighted in explaining to the public how their food gets from field to plate.

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has been holding cookery demonstrations across the country as part of its Great British Food for Great British Athletes project. In the final leg of the Young Farmers’ cookery tour of Britain, Natural England Chairman, Poul Christensen, tasted the culinary skills of YFC member Tom Collison. The Norfolk young farmer, an Olympic Torch bearer through King’s Lynn, cooked up locally sourced food to produce an exotic potato gratin as part of a cook off competition with a fellow Torch bearer from Jamie’s Ministry of Food - Stratford.

The Food Nation project over the weekend brought together young people from rural areas and those that have grown up in an urban environment. Together they showed the public their shared passion of wanting to understand more where their food comes from.

Poul Christensen, Chair of Natural England said: “The Food Nation partners should be proud of their work to bring the richness of Britain’s farmed environment to life as part of the celebrations for the Olympic flame’s arrival in Newham. This has been a great showcase for British Food and British farming and we are delighted to have been able to support the Young Farmers' Clubs on this exciting initiative”.

Sarah Palmer, NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Officer said: “The project has been an ideal opportunity for young farmers to demonstrate their passion for food and farming and to demonstrate this to the public.”

Activities that kept the crowds enthralled included a model milking cow as well as two real Longhorn cows for children to find out more about the dairy process.


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