The Nation­al Food, Farm­ing and Envi­ron­ment Competition

The com­pe­ti­tion, now in its third year, aims to engage and inspire future gen­er­a­tions about farm­ing and food pro­duc­tion and high­light the many career oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the land-based sec­tor. See how your sec­ondary school (aged 14 – 16) can enter this years competition.


The National Food, Farming and Environment competition 2020

The competition, now in its third year, aims to engage and inspire future generations about farming and food production and highlight the many career opportunities available in the land-based sector. Secondary schools from across the UK are being urged to enter the competition to win an exclusive weekend experience on a real working farm at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi, in the Vale of Clwyd, North Wales.

This years competition is all based around the question 'Will farmers continue to be the guardians of our land and environment?' and the best answers to the online form and student video response will win the weekend prize for up to 2 teachers and 3 students (aged 14-16) from each school.

This year regional competitions are also being run by the Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society and Embleton Hall Dairy, County Durham which will feed into the National competition. Schools in Jersey and the North East of England are encouraged to enter their regional competition to win a secured place at the national competition.

What's involved in the weekend prize?

The weekend will be made up of fun and educational activities based around the college farm. You will experience milking cows, handling sheep, tour the animal centre, learn about countryside management, visit the Agri-forest, have a go at tractor driving and operating a mini digger, experience modern technology used in farming and much more.

You and your students will also have a range of educational topics, focused around the competition title and you will compete in answering a competition hypothesis over the weekend - the winning school team will be crowned the ‘Innovation school of the year 2020 in food, farming and environment.’

Impact of the competition

First launched in 2018, the competition has had a significant impact in opening young minds to what farming delivers as well as issues around health, wellbeing, sustainability, climate change and career opportunities. In its first two years, 10 out of 31 students who took part in the competition, went on to apply to study at land-based colleges, with all students reporting that it had changed their perception of the farming industry.

How to apply

Sec­ondary schools look­ing to apply need to com­plete the online form below and is to be answered by a teacher who has a pas­sion for food, farm­ing and envi­ron­ment, with a short video from your stu­dents giv­ing their thoughts and con­sid­er­a­tion to the com­pe­ti­tion title Will farm­ers con­tin­ue to be the guardians of our land and environment?.’

Com­pe­ti­tion dead­line: Mon­day 16th March

Online form