Discover Warburtons Wheat enables thousands of disadvantaged children aged 7-11 to get a positive, hands-on experience of farming — in ways that enrich their lives.
During June and July each year, dozens of wheat-growing farms across the UK open their gates to school visits. Farmers — male and female — share their passion for the land with youngsters from areas of deprivation. Many of these children have never visited a working farm or the countryside. But Warburtons, Openfield and the Country Trust have made it possible for children to follow the journey from ' farm to flour’. Pupils can see that food doesn't simply come from a supermarket. They discover how plants grow, grind wheat into flour — and taste baked goods afterwards.
Youngsters investigate the environment too, exploring each farm's soil, plants and wildlife. Through role-play, children also understand the important jobs of farmers, millers and drivers. They can see these kinds of careers are open to them. By summer 2020, the programme will have benefited over 3,000 children and it's been growing by around 50% year-on-year. It's received excellent feedback from teachers and children — and enriches pupils' understanding of what the countryside means for them.