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UFU encourages children to eat local

By Staff Reporter

Ulster Farmers' Union is encouraging schools to explore ways to make the most of fresh produce and eat healthily.

As part of a partnership with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and Asda, it's asking the next generation of consumers to think about what vegetables are in season and how to incorporate them into their meals.

Pupils from Northern Ireland have been asked to put their creative skills to the test around the theme of 'eating healthy, local food'.

UFU president Barclay Bell said: "This is an exciting opportunity for schools across Northern Ireland to further focus on not only healthy food but the seasonality of local produce.

"The competition is about engaging with schoolchildren - to get them thinking about farming and the hard work that goes into producing our first-class food."

The competition aims to build on the work of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend which takes place this year on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19.

Now in its sixth year, the event draws thousands of families to farms throughout Northern Ireland.

The free event also provides schools with the opportunity to educate children about the journey of their food 'from farm to fork'.

Joe McDonald, Asda NI senior manager for corporate affairs, said: "This is a great initiative which Asda NI is proud to support.

"Our team of community champions spend a lot of time working with schools to raise awareness of the important links between farming, local produce and the food we sell in our stores.

"Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend offers a fantastic opportunity to bring these messages to life and we hope more schools than ever get involved."

The competition is open to all nursery, primary and special schools. The closing date for entries is May 12.

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