Farmers

Calling all Farmers - are you a farmer who would like to host visits from local schools?  We want to hear from you! 

Contact Will Marcombe, our Farm Links Officer for help and advice on setting up farm visits, as well as advice on training for teachers and farmers.

E: wmarcombe@soilassociation.org
T: 0117 987 4573

If you would like more information about how to safely host school groups on your farm, please refer to this document.

Food for Life's EU project

The Food for Life Farm Links team are involved in a number of projects to help support farm visits for schools, both in the UK and developing new training programmes with partners in twelve other European countries. This enables us to share best practice and learn from the work being done in other countries.

Erasmus 

Erasmus+ funded programmes

The Food for Life Farm Links team are involved in three EU-funded Erasmus programmes which aim to develop trans-national training and support for farmers and educators.

  Field to School

A partnership led by the Food for Life Farm Links team with organisations in seven countries. It will offer online resources for teachers, farmers, coordinating agencies, NGO staff and any other individuals involved in delivering farm-based educational activities in school. From school farmers’ markets to talks by farm staff; chicken keeping in school to growing vegetables, a range of farm visit extension activities will be developed. 

The programme will include an e-learning course presenting five modules about practical aspects of hosting farm visits, including interactive elements like audio tracks, video and useful web-links. The Field to School project is sharing best practice examples from the countries that we are working with, for example this innovative cooking on the farm project called Haver til Maver (Gardens to Bellies) in Denmark.


  Demeter

Named after the Greek goddess of agriculture, this project acronym is translated from DEveloping interdisciplinary Methodologies in Education Through Enhanced Relationships between schools and farms. Working with partner schools, NGOs, local authorities and universities in Sweden, Italy and Portugal, we are creating a range of resources to help schools and farmers deliver better farm visits. We are working with Washingborough Academy, a Gold FFL school in Lincolnshire to showcase their pioneering work with integrating food and farming into the curriculum, and to test new ways of working through this programme.

  WaterSchool

This partnership with seven EU countries will offer an e-learning course for staff in schools to help improve the learning around water usage and the benefits of freely available tap water in school, in place of fizzy drinks. It will include an e-learning programme on improving the water in class, together with investigating the environmental issues around water and practical ideas on for schools to undertake. The web portal will include useful information, web links, photos and video footage to help engage young children with food. 

Case Study

Planning farm visits with the farmer to make trips fun and effective

Ladysmith Infant School and Nursery in Exeter, Devon, makes the most of its termly trips to West Town Farm by inviting farmer Kevin Cotter into the school to talk to about what to expect on the farm.