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Conference for teachers: Growing the Future

A conference was held at the National Botanic Garden of Wales on April 19, 2010, to consult teachers on the delivery of food and farming education in schools. Wynfford James of the Department of Rural Affairs delivered the keynote address on behalf of minister Elin Jones, and there were speakers and workshops on topics including school gardens, farm visits, food co-ops, keeping livestock in schools and the global aspects of food. The conference was organized by the Growing the Future partnership which includes Organic Centre Wales, FACE Cymru, the Botanic Garden and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

It included a locally sourced hot school meal with organic ingredients, as part of ongoing work by the BOBL (Better Organic Business Links) project to develop sustainable procurement. “The Growing the Future network has held a series of conferences to share good practice in food education and procurement,” said Jane Powell of Organic Centre Wales and FACE Cymru. “Now we are very keen to put the focus on teachers, to hear what they are doing, and what they most need in order to produce a generation of people who understand where food comes from and how to produce it.” Teachers were invited to the conference, to participate in the consultation that was part of the day and to help shape food training provision in Wales.

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