Our local schools have come up trumps and taken us up on our slightly whacky request for scarecrows in the theme of characters from traditional tales. In return, each school that participates recieves enough plants to establish a kitchen garden or to add to their existing garden, while the winning school will be invited to join us for a free day at the farm and follow up work with our chefs working in their school, with some of the ingredients they have seen growing in the fields.
The event is intended to promote the educational possibilities within a business such as Trevaskis. Since we have been running our education programme in earnest here at Trevaskis, around 5,000 students, from nusery aged children, to college students and adult groups have visited the farm to learn about the journey of food from field to plate. The unusual diversity of the business means that chidlren can not only see how food grows in the fields but, once we've dusted the mud off, they can see how the produce is sold or used in the restaurant, they can see how our livestock is reared and learn about the fresh fish available to us just off the Cornish coast when they visit the fishmonger. Younger groups enjoy the sensory experiences of tasting fruit, smelling the herbs, picking apples etc while the older children gain an insight into running a business or businesses such as this and the decisions that have to be made and problems that need to be solved.
Just as importantly, we hope to make more parents aware that the farm is open to walk around, free of charge, year round (although areas may be closed in the depths of winter due to too much mud!) and your children can see around 100 different crops grown seasonally plus piglets, calves and lambs.
Scarecrow weekend opens at 10 am - 8pm Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May. The scarecrows need your votes!