Why Farming Matters to the South Downs
Monday, 23 April 2012 11:34

Why Farming Matters to the South DownsA vibrant new education pack aims to help teachers and farmers inspire young people about farming and food production.

The NFU has teamed up with FACE to produce the Why Farming Matters to the South Downs Education Pack (key stage 1 and 2). This free, full-colour download is packed with ideas for activities and signposts users to supporting resources online.

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Why Farming Matters to the South DownsFACE Director Bill Graham OBE says: “A visit to the South Downs provides an amazing opportunity for young people to experience our farmed countryside with its stunning scenery and diverse plant and animal life. We hope this exciting resource will inspire teachers to take youngsters to a farm, using the activities and toolkits provided. The pack guides teachers on identifying an accredited working farms to visit and includes tips for planning a high quality visit.”

NFU South East Regional Director William White says: “The NFU and FACE identified a ‘gap in the market’ for a key stage 1 and 2 pack that covered modern commercial agriculture in a lively and engaging way, with real farmers’ diaries. This colourful resource will help teachers to maximise the value of a farm visit or a classroom talk from a farmer. It should also prove to be an invaluable tool for farmers who are hosting visits from infant and junior schools.”

The pack is available as a download from the NFU and FACE websites at www.nfuonline.com/regions/south-east/ and www.face-online.org.uk/why-farming-matters/why-farming-matters-to-the-south-downs.

Centuries of farming have shaped the Downs and The Why Farming Matters to the South Downs education pack features sections on:

• Landscape and soils
• The main farming types – includes a section on pollination of crops
• Real farmers’ diaries – Arable, Sheep, Beef and Dairy
• Smart farming - the use of science and technology to farm profitably and minimise impacts
• A glossary of farming terminology – definitions of terms that are common parlance on farms
• Visiting a farm on the South Downs – finding a farm to visit and recognising accredited farms
• The History of the South Downs – includes place names glossary and activity
• Investigating hedges – with activities for the classroom, a farm or the school grounds

• Archaeology – including a field of finds activity and finding sites to ‘investigate’

• Discovering historic farm buildings – building materials and the function of buildings

Mr White adds: “Although this pack relates closely to the South Downs, many sections will appeal to educationalists across the South East.”

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