LEAF Open Farm School Days

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.

Skype or FaceTime a farmer

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.

CEVAS Courses


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.

Lambing in Monmouthshire!

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:

   lambing simulator / ymarfer wyna successful lambing / wyna llwyddiannus

Hygiene on Open Farms

HOOFThe 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]