Making farming as easy as ABC ...

Published : Wed 26th Sep

The Young Farmer's Club (YFC) and the Llanerchaeron team have forged a partnership to bring farming and education to life. On 14 and 15 September, Llanerchaeron welcomed over 1000 people for a 'Celebration of Farming and Rural Life' event, organised with the members of Ceredigion YFC Rural Affairs committee.

On Friday, 320 children and teachers from the Aeron Valley attended an education day, with 20 minute sessions prepared and presented by the YFC members on topics such as: meat production, crops, farm safety, wool production, cookery, dairy and mechanical engineering. The main aim of the event was to promote farming and food production and to give all the year 5 and 6 children an opportunity to get a 'hands on' experience with live animals, interactive demonstrations and informative presentations.

On Saturday, the doors were opened to the general public. The members adapted their educational displays to provide a packed day with additional demonstrations such as sheepdog handling, shearing, fencing and fly fishing; cookery demonstrations and craft and food stalls.

Trust staff also organised foraging, renewable energy and farm walks. The YFC invited other local organisations including Ceredrotian, Coleg Sir Gâr, Coleg Ceredigion, the Cerdigion guild of spinners, weavers and dyers. The Ceredigion County Council's recycling unit also got involved in the day too. The event also provided an opportunity for individuals to sign up for additional learning, based on farming and country crafts.

The team at Llanerchaeron were delighted to support the young farmers' community in Ceredigion, and were able to provide the perfect venue; utilising the livestock, buildings and organisational support, resulting in an extremely successful event. It was also an ideal opportunity to introduce the new farm team on the estate: Manager, Delyth Thomas and her assistant Hilary Downes.

"We were inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of the members and their confidence to provide both days with excellent educational presentations for both children and adults alike" said Paul Boland, Property Manager for Ceredigion. "We look forward to further developing the partnership in the near future."

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(Image courtesy of Janice Thomas)