My Food Plate brings the farm to fork story to life

A collaborative farm to fork event took place in Carmarthenshire which saw the farm to fork story come to life for over 1,000 school pupils across 3 days.

My Food Plate / Fy Mhlat Bwyd is a 3-day event organized by Carmarthenshire Young Farmers Club where school children have the opportunity to learn about local food production, the importance of farming and sustaining a healthy environment. Over 1,000 primary and secondary pupils from a range of local schools attended the event at the Carmarthenshire Showground.

Supported by the Castell Howell Group and Hybu Cig Cymru- Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), we provided interactive cooking workshops using PGI Welsh Beef, Welsh cheese and local produce to create Welsh Beef pasta bolognese. The dish is also being replicated in school dinners across the county in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council.

Children also had the opportunity to see live farm animals, farm machinery and meet local food farmers and food producers who gave the children a live insight into food production in Wales.

Edward Morgan, ESG Manager at Castell Howell: “My Food Plate is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with HCC and engage directly with over 1000 school children. As suppliers to Carmarthenshire schools we work closely with the catering team and where possible promote Welsh ingredients and dishes. It’s great to see one of their dishes being the central food theme as this event.”

Elwen Roberts, HCC’s Consumer Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to support this fantastic event and help bring the farming story to life. PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef are the cornerstone of the agriculture sector in Wales and we will be showcasing not only how they are produced sustainably, but the benefits they have in our diets.”

Carys Thomas, County Organiser for Carmarthenshire YFC added: “Carmarthenshire YFC is proud of the event ‘Fy Mhlât Bwyd’ that we are holding for Primary school aged children from Carmarthenshire. It’s important that we can show the origin of food, the importance of the countryside, farm machinery, and importantly farm safety. We hope that the children and teachers have fun but also learn the importance of our rural communities. Thank you to all who have helped the movement ensure that we can hold this event, from volunteers, members, local businesses, suppliers, and friends.”

Other organisations part-taking in the event include Gelli Aur college, NFU Cymru, Chickwood Poultry, Dyffryn Cothi Goats, Meirion Jones Sheepdog Trials, Meirion Thomas Sheepdog Trials, T Alun Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council, Tallis Amos and Y Stand Llaeth.