Down on the farm!

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GROVE Academy’s exchange group visited a farm last week to learn about farming in Angus.

Last Tuesday, a small contingent from the Meru School in Kenya visited Newton of Arbirlot Farm at the invitation of the Royal Highland Education Trust Angus Countryside Initiative (RHET ACI).

Meru pupil Brian Gikunda was there to study agricultural differences between Angus and Africa as part of the joint geography project between Grove and Meru. There are some similarities in crops grown, but Meru lies close to the equator and has no discernible seasons, creating quite different challenges for farmers.

Newton of Arbirlot farmer Gill Lawrie explained problems faced by her own harvest, but with an understanding of agriculture in Africa having lived there for several years.

Principal teacher of geography at Grove Academy Marjorie Kerr chaperoned the visit, and afterwards returned the group to Grove for a farewell presentation at Grove. Mrs Kerr said: “Our Kenyan visitors have experienced lots of different activities but this visit was of particular interest for Brian, whose main focus is the Geography project that the two schools are working on. This looks at agriculture within the two countries and how climate, landscape and other factors create differences in what and how their farmers grow crops to feed the local population.”