A writing contest has been launched to help teach children the importance of food and farming.

Discover Farming, the Melplash Agricultural Society’s education programme, is holding a writing competition for children in primary schools within a 12-mile radius of Melplash village church.

Each entry is to be an original piece of non-fiction writing that is connected to food and farming.

It is to focus on one of these food and farming topics: Why does farming matter and what does it mean to you? Why is it important to eat healthily and to eat seasonal foods? Why is farming the biggest job on earth? My favourite farming season and why?

The competition is split into four categories:

• Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 or 6 or equivalent) – 500 words

• Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 or 4 or equivalent) – 500 words

• Key Stage 1 (Year 1 or 2 or equivalent) – 250 words

• Reception – 150 words (as above but could also include a recount)

The winner in each category will receive a certificate and book voucher for £30. The runner-up in each category will receive a certificate and book voucher for £20. The schools the judges consider to have the best entries overall will receive a certificate and £500, and the runner-up will receive a certificate and £250.

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The closing date for entries is Friday, November 3. A panel with relevant experience in primary writing and members of the Melplash Agricultural Society will judge the entries. Chesters Harcourt sponsors the competition.

To enter contact Katie Vining, the Discover Farming Education Co-ordinator email: katie@discoverfarming.co.uk.

Discover Farming aims to inspire a new generation into farming and agriculture by helping young people find out more about farming and the careers available. Discover Farming is the education arm of Melplash Agricultural Society, a registered charity

Discover Farming classroom is based at Washingpool Farm just outside Bridport. It is available for schools, local clubs and youth organisations to visit. For more information visit www.discoverfarming.co.uk.