Visit a Farm
Here at Food for Life, we believe that visiting a farm is an important real-life experience to enable your pupils to understand where their food comes from.
To find a farm, visit:
- Countryside Classroom website: https://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/places
- The Country Trust’s Farm Discovery programme (eligibility criteria is schools that have a higher-than-average percentage of children eligible for Free School Meals, currently set at 25.5%)
Here are our top tips for making the most of your farm visit:
- We strongly encourage you to visit a working farm – this way you are providing your pupils with a real-life experience of farming and food production, where they will be able to experience food being produced at scale. A real inspiration for their growing back at school!
- Visiting the farm at the start of your food and farming work at school provides a real inspiration and reference point for what your pupils are about to learn back in the classroom.
- We advise that you arrange a pre-visit meeting at the farm, so that you can undertake your own risk assessment and plan the structure and content of the day with the farmer or visit lead. Letting the farmer know what learning outcomes you are hoping for will help him or her plan activities for the day. This pre-visit form with help you discuss all the elements of the day to ensure it runs smoothly.
- Ensure the farm has adequate hand-washing and toilet facilities: It is essential that there is soap and running water for children to wash their hands after activities, before eating and before they leave the farm.
- Prior to your visit, ensure that you have received a copy of the farm’s risk assessment, and also that you and every adult on the visit has read the Teachers’ Guide to Farm Visits.
- Keeping costs down – Ask the farmer the question – ‘Do you receive Educational Access payments as part of your Stewardship agreement?’ They’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. If they have, they may be able to provide your visit for free (or at least your first visit). All you will have to do is fill out their Natural England evaluation form.
- Keeping costs down – consider public transport if visiting a city farm, or community transport if you are not travelling too far.
For further ideas around funding your visit, take a look at our Paying for Farm Visits page on our Learning and Skills Hub.