The Ulster Farmers’ Union, in partnership with Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend and Asda, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 ‘Eating Healthy Local Food’ schools competition.
The competition kindly sponsored by Asda was open to all nursery, primary and special schools across Northern Ireland. Pupils were asked to put their creative skills to the test around the theme, ‘Eating Healthy Local Food’ with a range of prizes up for grabs. This year, the winning schools will also visit their nearest participating open farm on Friday 16th June to learn more about the ‘farm to fork’ journey.
With over 2,500 entries received, this year’s competition was extremely difficult to judge and select the winners.
“Our objective was to engage with the kids and get them thinking about farming and how the food they eat gets to their plate and the hard work that goes into producing this food,” said UFU deputy president Ivor Ferguson. “The standard of all the entries make it clear the considerable amount of time and work that both the pupils and teachers put in to this competition and I would like to thank everyone that took part this year,” he said.
Joe McDonald, Asda NI Corporate Affairs Manager commented, “As a proud sponsor of the schools’ competition, it was fantastic to see such a large number of entries this year – with pupils from both urban and rural areas across Northern Ireland submitting their artwork. As a committed supporter of Northern Ireland’s agri-food sector through Asda’s local supply base, the theme of the competition was particularly important. ‘Eating Healthy Local Food’ encouraged pupils to think about where their food comes from and how it gets from farms to their forks via a wealth of local food and drink producers.”
The winners of the 2017 ‘Eating Healthy Local Food’ schools competition are as follows:
Caelainn, Mitchel House
Declan Garland, Holy Child Nursery School
Max Bates, St.Patrick’s Primary School, Glenariff
Niamh Lyons, Kircubbin Integrated Primary School
The Runners-up of the 2017 ‘Eating Healthy Local Food’ schools competition are as follows:
Leah Savage, Beechlawn School
Poppy Lour Kenny, Ballysally Nursery School
Freya Flanagan, St.Patrick’s Primary School, Ballynahinch
Stephen McIlmoyle, Rasharkin Primary School
If you missed out on entering the competition, you can still visit a participating open farm. It’s Free! Simply visit our find a farm page to find your nearest free farm event.
Competition judges UFU Deputy President Ivor Ferguson and Asda’s Joe McDonald look through the vast amount of entries.