CETS are delighted to announce that their new Co-operative Farm to Food Cycle resource has gone live!

http://www.cets.coop/resources/primary.html

By happy co-incidence, I also attended Scotland’s National Food and Drink Conference at Perth Concert Hall this week: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Food-Industry/national-strategy/Conference2012

If CETS had planned to launch our resource at the same time as this event I would have felt that somehow I had moved into a level of foresight I had never before experienced! From the cabinet secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment (Richard Lochhead MSP) to Dr Joao Breda, Programme Manager, World Health Organisation and many other speakers at the event, the talk was of the need for real food education in schools. They emphasized the importance of children knowing where their food comes from, how it is processed and how knowing about and growing their own food in school, can have a huge impact on their health and wellbeing. Well… what a co-incidence as that is exactly what our new, free online resource for primary schools is all about! Perhaps this would also explain why over 260 schools have already downloaded our new resource in the past week – the word is out…. food and farming is important for all aspects of  learning in our schools (embedding Curriculum for Excellence) and co-operation in society!  It is almost as if what we know instinctively to be good practical common sense has become fashionable and everyone is out “flash planting”– co-operatively of course – instead of “flashmobbing”!

Thanks again to James Graham of SAOS http://www.saos.co.uk/ for having had the foresight to give us some money to produce this resource – something Richard Lochhead was trying to encourage the food and drink industry to support… co-ops ahead of their time again!

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