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.

Science on the farm

Primary and secondary teasoil science testschers came together to explore outdoor activities at a workshop organized by the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Schools Partnership in October. Working with the OPAL Citizen Science project led by the National Museum of Wales, FACE trialled some soil science activities that schools could use to investigate the impacts of food production on the natural environment, and how farmers manage these. This topic is part of the science GCSE syllabus, and we’ll be developing resources to support it.

New local food enterprise challenges for schools

pots steaming on the stoveFACE Cymru has produced two new Enterprise and Employability Challenges for secondary schools, as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. At GCSE, pupils are invited to design a product that could be sold in a farm shop. At A level, they can design the ultimate food festival – without the trouble of carrying it out. These projects are a great opportunity for farms, food businesses and schools to work together, so why not give it a go? Download them here:

Farm shop product – GCSE

Food festival – A level

Food festival. FACE will be producing resources to support them so get in touch if you’d like to be involved.

Pembrokeshire farmers in the classroom

farmer and children in school

Tenby Church in Wales Primary School had visits from two farmers last term. Walter Simon (right) explained how he grows potatoes, and Roger Lewis talked about dairy farming. The children had prepared a set of questions for them, and held a discussion about local and global food.

This school and others including Narberth Primary and the secondary school Ysgol Dewi Sant were taking part in a project run by FACE and Planed. The idea is to connect schools with farmers and food businesses in Pembrokeshire with the aims of enriching the curriculum, engaging young people in an enquiry into their local food system, and raising awareness of food production and businesses in the county.

Would your school like to take part? Contact us: jane@face-online.org.uk.

Launching Countryside Classroom

milking the cowOn 2 October 2015, a new website was launched to put food, farming and the environment on the curriculum. The NFU, community gardeners, EggSeeds, the RSPB, Communities First and others came together at Ysgol Coed y Gof, Cardiff, for a morning of activities including making butter, milking a (wooden) cow, making seed bombs, identifying birds and sowing winter salads.

hens smallmaking butterCountryside Classroom is a website for teachers which brings together for the first time resources on food, farming and countryside, including classroom materials, case studies and access to experts, supported by inspiring blog features. CC launch with everyone

Go to: www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk

Hatching chicks in South Wales

Children with model eggsFoundation phase pupils in Cardiff, Caerphilly and Newport have been learning about the chicken lifecycle, chick embryo development and the role of eggs in a healthy diet by incubating their own eggs. After being taught how each group candled their own eggs and have had great success with hatching. They are now learning to care for the chicks as they grow.

The project was organized by FACE members Free Range Learning. They still have spaces for hatching projects in the summer term for schools, groups and care homes in the Cardiff and Vale area – more information here.

A bug hotel in Carmarthenshire


Families in the Gwendraeth Valley recently joined RSPB Cymru at Burns Penlan Farm to celebrate National Nest Box Week. Here they are making a bug hotel, christened “Buginham Palace”. Burns Penlan Farm is part of Burns Pet Nutrition, a family owned and run pet food company based in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, and a member of FACE.

Farmhouse breakfast at IBERS


oats closeup

Children from Ysgol Gynradd Penrhyncoch learning about oats on a recent visit to IBERS, Aberystwyth University, where they enjoyed a special farmhouse breakfast with FACE member Organic Centre Wales.

Breeding new grasses

removing grass anthersChildren from Ysgol Plascrug, Aberystwyth, had a go at cross-pollinating grass flowers on a visit to IBERS, Aberystwyth University, in July. They used forceps to remove the anthers. Next they visited the new Phenomics facility to see how computers are used to measure plant growth, and then they learnt how grasses feed animals on a visit to the farm across the road. The visit was organized jointly by the Dyfi Biosphere Education Group, FACE and IBERS.