LEAF Open Farm School Days – a nationwide initiative to get children out onto farms and learning about where their food comes from – will take place throughout June 2018. Farms will be opening their gates and hosting educational visits for children to learn about how their food is grown, where it comes from and to meet the farmers who grow it.
LEAF Open Farm School Days run alongside the annual LEAF Open Farm Sunday and a number of farmers do both! Thanks to the support from our sponsors, it is free of charge for farmers to participate in LEAF Open Farm School Days and LEAF Open Farm Sunday.
Register your farm for Open Farm School days
If you are a school wishing to find a farm to visit, click here.
We have an exciting opportunity to bring the world of farming, food and the environment directly into the classroom. Using FaceTime or Skype, a farmer can speak to a class while at work on their farm. FACE can link schools with farms, locally or across Wales and England.
We will start the project in early 2018, so do get in touch now to register your interest. If you’re a teacher, find out more here. If you’re a farmer, look here.
It’s time to enter your farm for an award. The Bayer Awards are given to farmers who have done well with school visits and they are open to all, so why not have a go? See http://www.visitmyfarm.org/farmers-resources/357-awards for details. Closing date: 14 April 2017.
The FACE Cymru database of farms which welcome school visits is no longer available. Instead, farms and other outdoor attractions are listed on www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk.
If you would like to have school visits on your farm, you can now register here.
You can find lots of helpful information about school visits here: http://www.visitmyfarm.org/farmers.
The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme or CEVAS is a two-day course for farmers and countryside education staff.
It includes preparing for farm visits; food, farming and the countryside in the National Curriculum; and talking to pupils and teachers. So far, over 100 farmers and others in Wales have done the course and many have been accredited by the OCN.
We will organize more courses according to the demand. Email Jane Powell for details.
For more information about CEVAS see www.cevas.org.uk.
Every animal naturally carries a range of micro-organisms, and some of these can be transferred to people, where they can cause disease.
The new Code of Practice explains how farmers and teachers can reduce the risk of disease resulting from contact with animals. See www.face-online.org.uk/codeofpractice.
Download the Advice to teachers and others who organise visits for children.
At our latest CEVAS course to prepare farmers and countryside staff for hosting school visits, the participants gave teaching sessions. Here is Kate Beavan (right) showing Ellie Hawkins how to deliver a lamb:
The Health and Safety Executive in Wales has produced a pack for teachers called Hygiene on Open Farms, or HOOF. It contains resources on hand washing and infection.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Environmental Health staff from Welsh Local Authorities are working in partnership to raise awareness of the risks of infection by E. coli 0157 and Cryptosporidium on open farms.
The HOOF project takes a two pronged attack –
1. Local Education Authorities will be provided with a resource pack to give to teachers planning visits to these establishments.
2. Joint visits by HSE and Local Authority staff to open farms to assess their working practices, and the controls that they have in place to minimise risk of infection to visitors. In particular, we will check that there are adequate arrangements for hand-washing, as proper hand-washing is essential in preventing ill health.
Download the resource pack here:
Information Sheet 1 – Cryptosporidium [25kb]
Information Sheet 2 – E.coli 0157 [25kb]
Letter to parents [25kb]
Planning the Visit [31kb]
Example Risk Assessment [29kb]
HOOF Campaign Evaluation Form [28kb]
Hygiene On Open Farms Education Pack [4.7Mb]
HOOF Useful websites [24kb]
Avoiding ill health at open farms – Advice to farmers (with teachers’ supplement) [64kb]
Be Responsible Keep Children Safe on Your Farm [61kb]
Make Handwashing a Habit! [39kb]