Three leading farming, natural environment and education organisations, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) and Natural England, have joined forces to help farmers plan, promote and host school visits.
Called Visit My Farm, the project - launched today Tuesday 28th June at Devereux Wootton, Norton Canon, Hereford - provides a wealth of information, resources and ideas to help farmers open for educational visits.
Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive of LEAF explains how Visit My Farm can help farmers. “Visit My Farm offers, for the first time, a unique one-stop-shop for farmers hosting educational visits. This new easy online guide www.visitmyfarm.org has been developed using the best industry resources and latest information available to help farmers find everything they need to host engaging farm visits”.
Bill Graham from FACE adds “there is a constant demand by schools for educational farm visits and it is a very effective and enjoyable way of teaching the pupils about the food they eat and how farmers care for the countryside. Visit My Farm offers a valuable resource for any one who wants to get involved”.
Poul Christensen, Chair of Natural England, explains how farm visits are vital for children in a number of ways and provide the perfect opportunity for young people to discover the connection between food, farming and the countryside. He says: “Farm visits are a great way to allow children to get close to nature and be shown how their food is produced and the important work farmers do to protect the countryside. As a farmer myself, I am delighted that Natural England is supporting Visit My Farm, which is an exciting new initiative that will help young people to meet up with farmers who really care about the vital link between our food and the countryside.”
Visit My Farm includes a range of downloadable resources, including press release templates, introductory letters to schools and posters that farmers can display in local educational offices, libraries and village halls.
For more information visit www.visitmyfarm.org
Visit My Farm is a partnership between FACE (Farming & Countryside Education), LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Natural England and other organisations which support educational visits to farms.
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