Many years ago I was one of the builders who rebuilt Chyvarloe Farm in Gunwalloe.
I returned today with over 250 children from three schools from the Helston area to enjoy a day out on the working farm at the start of their school year.
I joined the Key Stage 1 & 2 pupils, from Godolphin, Garras and Sithney schools on a Harvest School Day visit to the 350-acre Chyvarloe Farm on the coastline at Gunwalloe to find out more about the important contribution local farms make to food production.
After a tour of the farm, where they saw tractors ploughing as well as potato and combine harvesters in action, the children were given a pasty-making demonstration from Ann Muller of Lizard-based Ann’s Pasties and found out how the activities they’d just seen tied in with the production of a pasty.
In addition Judith Green and Claire Dark from the Treleague Dairy in Ruan Minor were on hand to give thirsty children a delicious milkshake while representatives from the National Trust set up a woodland iSpy trail.
The opportunity of a day out on a working farm is a real treat for our schoolchildren. Learning that the ingredients to make a Cornish pasty can be all sourced locally and how milk is produced and bottled in this 'hands-on' way is a fantastic way to promote our countryside and teach about the value of our farming industry.
Paul Parfitt, who farms Chyvarloe Farm, told me that he usually welcomes around 500 children to the farm every year but that’s over the course of 20 or 25 visits.
The only way that farmers can show people what we do is by opening our gates and letting them see for themselves.