Thursday, 27 September 2007

The Year of Food and Farming

On Wednesday night Jim Paice MP Shadow Minister of Agriculture and lots of other people were at Overbury Court for dinner to launch The Year of Food and Farming. The theory is to twin a school and a farm so that the school children can follow the year cycle of a farm and the food that is grown on that farm. Overbury is twinning with Wychall school in Northfield, Birmingham. I met the head teacher last night, Therese Allen, and we got on really well planning the forthcoming events for the children here at Overbury. We are planning lots of events for the children in the coming year. There will be some video casting from the farm office to keep the children in touch a little more regularly with what is happening on the farm.

Jim stayed over at the court and I had the privilege of showing him around the farm in glorious sunshine this morning. A very knowledgeable guy about lots of rural subjects, policing, agriculture, post offices, rural housing, rural job creation and the list goes on. A blast of fresh air and empathy for the farming community after all the ups and downs of the past year.

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