Farm to fork: Lincolnshire school children visit egg farm

  • North Scarle Primary School pupils, from left, Fecility Jane Lloyd, 10, and Sean McEneny, 9, at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Jean-Paul Michalski from the Happy Egg Company with North Scarle Primary School pupils at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Children helped pack eggs, ready for supermarkets. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Children were taught about how chickens lay eggs, and how they like to play and perch. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • North Scarle Primary School pupil Alfred Newbold, nine, at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham, Lincolnshire, for a Farm to Fork trail part of the Tesco Eat Happy project. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Jean-Paul Michalski from the Happy Egg Company talks to the pupils from North Scarle Primary School  at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • North Scarle Primary School pupils, from left, Fecility Jane Lloyd, 10, and Sean McEneny, 9, at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Jean-Paul Michalski from the Happy Egg Company with North Scarle Primary School pupils at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Children helped pack eggs, ready for supermarkets. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Children were taught about how chickens lay eggs, and how they like to play and perch. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • North Scarle Primary School pupil Alfred Newbold, nine, at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham, Lincolnshire, for a Farm to Fork trail part of the Tesco Eat Happy project. Photo: Chris Vaughan
  • Jean-Paul Michalski from the Happy Egg Company talks to the pupils from North Scarle Primary School  at the Happy Egg Company in Beckingham. Photo: Chris Vaughan

A group of children from a local primary school visited an egg farm to learn more about where food comes from.

The children from North Scarle Primary School visited the Happy Egg farm in Beckingham as part of Tesco initiative Farm to Fork Trail, which helps children learn more about food on their plate.

The North Scarle children, aged 9 to 11, are the first in Lincolnshire to take part in the initiative.

At the farm, the children got a “behind the scenes” lesson about how hens lay their eggs and how they like to play, perch and dustbathe.

They also saw how eggs are collected, selected and stamped, then got the chance to place eggs in the trays ready to be sent to a packing centre and then on to supermarkets.

North Scarle Primary School Teacher, Nicola Lang, said: “I think this is a brilliant scheme for teaching children about where food comes from.

“More knowledge will allow them to make the right choices about buying and eating healthy foods as they grow. We know children learn best through first hand experiences, so the Farm to Fork trails are a great way of educating them about food.”

Noble Foods Happy Egg Farmer, Jean-Paul Michalski, said: “It was a pleasure having North Scarle Primary School attend our first Happy Egg Farm To Fork trail today.

“The aim of these trails is to inspire primary school children all over the country to learn more about the food on their plate and you could see that the kids today were really excited and enthusiastic.

“We look forward to welcoming more schools in the area to come and experience a trail for themselves.”

Schools can sign up to the scheme now by visiting the Eat Happy Project website.