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Kent and Medway Rural Youth Ideas Festival

The Rural Youth Project, supported by the fruit and fresh food growers in Kent and Medway, and local authorities, are offering young people who live in Kent and Medway, the opportunity to attend the 2021 Kent and Medway Rural Youth Ideas Event!

Responding to the impact of CoVID-19 on local growers, the event will provide 30 people, aged 18 to 28 yrs, an opportunity to explore, from a young person’s perspective, what the fresh food/horticultural sector has to offer regarding employment in Kent and Medway, including job opportunities, business ideas and creation, career potential or simply a deeper understanding from where fresh food comes from.

Alongside the activities for delegates, employers and businesses within the industry will learn how to re-imagine what the future could look like for the sector and, critically, how to appeal to young people, creating potential employment opportunities, providing the opportunity for growers and young people to come together to talk about what the future could look like for the sector and improving its appeal.

Event details

When: 12noon Monday 30 August until 3:00pm Wednesday 1 September

Where: Bore Place, Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7AR

Who: An event for young people in Kent and Medway aged 18 - 28

Cost: Free!

What will be involved?

Taking place over three days and two evenings, at Bore Place, Chiddingstone, nr Sevenoaks the event will challenge delegates to think differently about their rural community and about careers in fresh produce/horticulture. It will be free to attend for the delegates (18–28 year-olds) who live in Kent and Medway, including accommodation, food and drink, plus activities. Included during this time will be an off-site visit to a working commercial grower business to see modern day fresh food being produced and grown, and the types of roles and career potential there is within the sector.

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