September 10, 2008

Prince Charles Praises Farmers

THE Prince of Wales has praised farmers for showing resilience in testing times and called for schools to have their own farms to teach children about where food comes from.

Prince Charles also revealed he is setting up farmers market initiatives around the country to put agriculture back at the heart of struggling rural economies.

The Prince's comments came as he addressed an audience of 130 farmers' wives and women farmer members of the Women's Food and Farming Union at his Highgrove home, near Tetbury, Gloucestershire.

He discussed issues facing farming including how the flooding and wet summer was delaying the harvest as well as the bovine TB outbreak.

In a speech, he told them: "You know better than I do about the huge challenges and difficulties in farming in the last few weeks with the appalling weather conditions and I have nothing but the greatest sympathy.

"I also have unbounded admiration for the way in which so many of you have been working hard to get the message across about what food and farming is about in this age of increasing disconnection.

"I have felt for a long time that we have missed a great trick in not understanding the vital importance of the school farm and garden because through allowing children to have that experience of growing something, harvesting it and then eating it can you hope to reconnect people to where food comes from."

Charles also said: "I have been pursuing farmers' market initiatives all over the country, where the family farm is an essential part of the intricate tapestry of life."

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