FACE Cymru and LEAF recently merged, and this is our first joint statement about our work in Wales. FACE links schools with farming and the countryside, and LEAF engages with the public generally, notably through Open Farm Sunday.
Here is an extract from our response to the National Assembly’s consultation, Rethinking food in Wales:
A vision for food in Wales
Wales is in a unique position to effectively link its farming, education and health agenda to develop an ambitious and integrated programme that delivers thriving farm businesses and the environment, alongside engaged and healthy individuals.
LEAF and FACE’s work can help support this through our technical farming partnerships and network of demonstration farmers and Innovation Centres, including Bangor University and our education work. In particular, LEAF and FACE want to see:
- children and young people flourishing
- farming and the countryside thriving
- our planet being well cared-for.
We recognize that it is vital that young people have a chance to learn all they can about food and farming so that they are able to shape the future of food by their choices in later life. In particular we think it is important that young people:
- understand local farming and the food chain;
- have a genuine respect for the food industry, and see it as an attractive career;
- know how to grow and cook food.
We support partnership working and collaboration, as advocated by the Food Manifesto, and we work bilingually.
Download the full response here: Rethinking food response from LEAF and FACE Cymru