On Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge travelled to Gloucestershire and spent time on a farm. She visited Farms for City Children, an organisation founded in 1976 to give inner-city children the opportunity to see what it is like on a working farm.
While there, the Duchess bottle-fed Stinky the lamb. Farm Manager, John Goodman explained to the Mirror how he got his name: “He got a bit of a stomach infection, and he had diarrhoea, and he was a bit smelly. The children said he was stinky and the name stuck.
“We had to take him away from his mother and siblings and bottle-feed him, and the children were not allowed to touch him.
“It’s too late to return him to his mother, so he will be bottle-fed. He has got back to full health now.”
What the children and Catherine did not know is that Stinky is soon destined for the dinner table.
She played with school children from Vauxhall School in south London. She had a private lunch with founders Mr Michael Morpurgo and his wife, Claire, as well as staff. She and the children worked in the allotments, planting onions and potting vegetables.
The Duchess was not afraid to get her hands dirty as she corralled a pig into a pin to weigh it. She touched its bottom with her bare hands. Her Royal Highness also tended to chickens in the chicken coops and revealed that her family has an incubator of chicken eggs that George and Charlotte cannot wait to see hatch.
Farms for City Children currently has three working farms. It welcomes over 3,200 school children and 400 teachers each year. Children from the inner city stay at the farm for a week to see how it operates. They learn how food production takes place and their part in it. The Duchess also joined the children for a storytime session and a short tea party. The story time session was led by Mr Merpurgo who is also a children’s author.
Last September, during a visit with the Wadebridge Young Famers, the Duchess told a student there: “She wants the children to learn all about farming and the apples in their orchard. She said she’d secretly like to be a young farmer.”