IMG_20151126_121511-2-COLLAGEBy March 17th 1916 food prices in the UK had risen  48% since the start of war.

Mersea Island School pupils have been undertaking farm chores, learning about the seasonal nature of farm work and finding out why home food production was so critical during the war years.

They fetched water from an Edwardian pump, mucked out and prepared the stables, fed and inspected the sheep and loved feeding and collecting eggs from the chickens.

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