Tomato grower beats off competition

APS Produce near Dover in Kent has been acclaimed as the overall winner of the prestigious Bayer-LEAF Education Awards, which celebrate the very best in food and farming education.

Chris Baldwin was one of four winners to be announced at a lunch in Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens, attended by nearly one hundred guests from the world of agriculture and education, having earlier scooped the Innovative Learning Award.

APS Produce have worked with 500 children from local schools at their high tech tomato production greenhouse facilities around the country and Chris Baldwin encapsulates the company’s ethos when it comes to education. The team’s dedication to teaching the students resulted in them winning the Innovative Learning Award, for a farm business demonstrating innovative work with schools encouraging an understanding of and interest in current farming practices, whether utilising technology, thinking creatively about showing modern, sustainable farming or raising awareness of on-farm innovation.

Specifically, the judges were impressed with the team‘s passion and commitment to explaining how a high tech environment can also be a living ecosystem, and their ability to bring the school curriculum to life, especially around STEM subjects. Involving students in identifying projects to improve the productivity and sustainability of the glasshouses was particularly inspiring.

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.