3rd May 2011
Young Farmers turn film makers to get local food message to children
Members of Worth Valley YFC in West Yorkshire have joined forces with ITV to produce a series of animated films showing the importance of local food.
ITV Fixers helps 16-25 year olds tackle the problems they are passionate about. Work started on the project almost a year ago where footage of their food and farming exhibition at the Bronte Vintage Gathering in Cullingworth was featured on Calendar news. Since then members have worked hard on story boarding, scripting, and the design of characters. In January they travelled to Newcastle to record the voice overs and sound effects for the four short films. The films will shortly be sent out to local schools to help educate primary-school-aged children in why local food matters.
Former Club chairman Thomas Ogden said: “Members wanted to work on this project because we are concerned about younger people not knowing where their food comes from – they all go to the supermarket and see it on the shelves but they don’t relate the meat on the shelves to the animals and how you produce it.”
“It is really important from a young farmers’ perspective that people can understand farming and support farming and the future of it, and understand what we do and why we do it.”
The animation follows a two children Joe and Sophie who meet a farmer. He shows and explains where their food comes from and why buying local is so important. To view the animations go to www.worthvalley.org . Since being displayed on the Club’s website last week word has spread via twitter about the animations and funny dog pictures
members have been fielding messages of support and requests to collaborate from all over the UK and Ireland. The project has been supported by South Pennines Leader and Keighley Area Committee.
Members of Worth Valley YFC will again be promoting the local food message at the Bronte Vintage Gathering which will be held at Haworth Road, Cullingworth on 14th and 15th May. As in previous years they are inviting under 16’s to come along to the event free of charge and tickets can be printed from the Worth Valley web site. Club member Sophie Ogden who appears as an animation in the DVD said, “Its shaping up to be another great event this spring and the club is working with Jamie’s Ministry of food Bradford and Keelham Farm Shop to put on an exhibition that will inspire young and old to buy and cook local produce.”