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Fun Farm walks help to promote local Ceredigion produce
Over 100 children and adults from all over the UK took part in guided farm walks over the summer holidays. The walks took place at Treberfedd Organic Farm, near Dihewyd, Lampeter and were led by farmer Jack Cockburn and stockman Will Michell. A total of 13 groups of people, all staying in the holiday cottages at the farm, were given a tour of the farm land and woodlands at Treberfedd.
The groups were taken to see the herd of traditional Hereford beef cattle on the farm and the flock of Llanwenog sheep. They learnt about how organic beef and lamb is produced from the farm's grassland, how it is processed by local Tregaron butchers and then sold to tourists and local people through farm gate sales.
The farm walks were used as a way of promoting local produce to tourists in Ceredigion.
“The walks helped to engage people into thinking about how food is produced and the journey it takes in getting to the consumer. We found people got excited then about trying our organic meat and searching out other local foods”
“The majority of the children on the walks were from towns and cities and they enjoyed splashing through streams, puddles and lots of mud” said farmer Jack Cockburn.
Other activities included feeding pet lambs, collecting eggs from the chickens and during July seeing how hay and silage is made.
“We aim to make the walks as fun as possible for the children and they learn a lot about farming and how food is produced along the way. Just something simple like collecting eggs from the hens can be quite magical to a child who has never done that before. The farm walks help to connect them with the countryside around them and it gets them asking lots of questions about the livestock and farming in general” said farmer Jack.
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