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Kent tomato producer wins top farming education award

Kent tomato producer wins top farming education award

 25 Nov 2019

APS Produce near Dover in Kent has been acclaimed as the overall winner of the Bayer-LEAF Education Awards, which celebrate the very best in food and farming education. Chris Baldwin was one the winners to be announced at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens, having earlier scooped the Innovative Learning Award.

APS Produce have worked with 500 children from local schools at their high-tech tomato production greenhouse facilities around the country and Chris Baldwin encapsulates the company’s ethos when it comes to education.

The team’s dedication to teaching the students resulted in them winning the Innovative Learning Award, for a farm business demonstrating innovative work with schools encouraging an understanding of and interest in current farming practices, whether utilising technology, thinking creatively about showing modern, sustainable farming or raising awareness of on-farm innovation.

Specifically, the judges were impressed with the team‘s passion and commitment to explaining how a high tech environment can also be a living ecosystem, and their ability to bring the school curriculum to life, especially around STEM subjects.

Michael Muncey, Head of Business for Bayer Crop Science in the UK, added: “APS Produce is a very worthy winner of both these awards. It is fantastic to see the sheer enthusiasm of people trying to reconnect young people with where their food comes from. Farmers, growers and other organisations up and down the country are doing some amazing work when it comes to making UK agriculture relevant to the next generation, and we believe it is worth celebrating their achievements.”

Innovative Learning Award

For a farm business demonstrating innovative work with schools encouraging an understanding of and interest in current farming practices, whether utilising technology, thinking creatively about showing modern, sustainable farming or raising awareness of on-farm innovation.

Winner: APS Produce, Near Dover

Overall Winner of the Bayer-LEAF Education Awards 2019
For an organisation which has won one of this year’s awards and are deemed worthy of the overall award.
Winner: APS Produce, Near Dover

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