Hadlow College, leading educators in agriculture and horticulture, launched a new prototype at this year’s Kent County Show. Designed to change the future of farming, the innovative technology is part of Hadlow’s wider Vision50 campaign commemorating the college’s golden anniversary as a global hub for all things farming.
The prototype is a large, interactive device that will repaint the picture of farming. It will be on display for the general public on all show days, and can be viewed in the interactive Food and Farming Area located in the Maidstone Exhibition Hall.
Measuring an impressive 8m x 5m, the device is a visionary educational tool created for students studying at Hadlow. The prototype draws on current computer gaming technology to create a live simulation environment in which students are transported into life-like farming scenarios for them to solve.
Commenting on the Vision 50 concept, Stuart Gibbons – Chief Steward for the Food and Farming area and Director of the Showground – said “The interactive Food and Farming area of the Show focuses on where our food comes from, the importance of rural education and our role as a charity in supporting this. The Vision 50 concept from Hadlow College is a great addition to this area and provides visitors to the Show with a glimpse of what farming may be like in the future and the exciting career opportunities it can provide. We’re delighted to be hosting its launch event and hope the general public find it as inspiring as we do.”
This state-of-the-art technology is one of a kind and after the Show, the prototype will be housed at the college ready and waiting for the new cohort of Hadlow students this September.
The unveiling of Hadlow’s prototype was well attended and is available for anyone with an interest in farming, it will be a watershed moment in the history, and future, of agriculture.