At the Bayer/FACE awards ceremony held at The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in central London, representatives from across the agriculture and education spectrum celebrated the presentation of awards to farmers and countryside organisations demonstrating the very best in farming and countryside education.
The Bayer / FACE Awards 2011 took place on 20th September at the Clothworkers' Hall in London.
These short videos explain how the winners carry out farm visits, making them excellent case studies.
These case studies give a flavour of the variety of educational activities that take place on farms around the country, and show how farm visits benefit pupils and teachers.
Broxfield is a lowland mixed farm (668 acres) near to the coast of Northumberland just north of Alnwick. It is a commercial modern farm with a mixture of cereal crops, suckler beef cows and sheep. The farm is currently undergoing conversion to organic status.
Chatsworth Farmyard is part of the Chatsworth House Estate in Derbyshire’s Peak District National Park. The Farmyard at Chatsworth was set up in 1973 to help visitors understand how and why the land around Chatsworth is used to produce food and timber. The farmyard has a cross-section of livestock including dairy cows and beef cattle, sheep for meat and wool, poultry, pigs, game fish and birds, as well as a shire horse, a Shetland pony and goats.
Cheshire Farm Ice Cream is a dairy farm in south west Cheshire that specialises in the production and sale of ice cream. The farm’s Ice Cream Parlour has become a popular visitor attraction for over 250,000 people annually. The farm now includes a tea room, an under 6’s play barn, an outdoor adventure play area, a gift shop and rescued birds of prey and small animals.
Easton College Farm is a 280 hectare working commercial mixed farm attached to a land-based college seven miles west of Norwich. It is a teaching farm that carries out livestock rearing (dairy cows, pigs, sheep, poultry and deer) and arable production (wheat, barley, sugar beet and maize). The farm also has a Schools’ Barn with a classroom, study area, resource centre and garden, as well as the grounds of the wider college site.
Lower Stock is a 250 acre farm at the foot of the Mendip Hills in Somerset near to the villages of Langford and Wrington. It is a working livestock farm with 1000 cows and 7000 pigs and produces 2.5 thousand tonnes of cheese each year.
Manor Farm is a 121 acre organic farm in Long Whatton, Leicestershire. It undertakes a mixture of livestock rearing (beef cattle and sheep) and crop production (what, beans and oats). The farm also has areas of historic ridge and furrow landscape, hay meadow and wetland, as well as a farm shop selling organic produce.
The Magdalen Project is a residential organic farm and education centre on the banks of the River Axe on the Dorset-Somerset border. Its 130 acres includes a mixed small holding with chickens, sheep, cows and organic vegetables, along with recycled and forest gardens, river frontage, woodland areas and wildlife ponds.
Rectory Farm is a 150 acre mixed farm in the Ouse Valley, Buckinghamshire. The main focus is on livestock rearing with 550 ewes and 35 suckler cows, alongside 50 acres of arable production including wheat, winter oats and barley. The farm also encompasses a mile and a half of the Great Ouse on its northern border, a section of disused railway line and a designated water meadow wildlife site.
Spitalfields City Farm is a 1.8 acre community farm in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets. Sited on a former railway goods’ depot, the farm was started in 1978 in response to local people’s wishes to convert wasteland into allotments. It now has a range of farm animals including goats, sheep, pigs, a donkey, a pony, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and ferrets, as well as vegetable gardens, wildlife gardens and sheltered areas.
The Warriner School Farm is a mixed 120 acre farm based at an 11-16 secondary school in Bloxham, north Oxfordshire. It has a range of livestock including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, poultry and horses, all of which are reared on organic grassland. The farm also has an area of conventional arable land, four ancient ridge and furrow fields, a planted woodland and a collection of horse-drawn vehicles.
Wellgate Community Farm is a 1.5 acre city farm in Romford, Essex. It was established in 1982 with the aim of creating ‘a growing place for groups and individual through education, training, therapy and recreation’. It is home to a variety of farm and domestic animals including cows, sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits and guinea pigs. The farm also has a horticultural plot, a small conservation area, a classroom, a workshop, wheelchair-accessible pathways, a picnic area and toilets/hand washing facilities.
Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is a 130 acre mixed upland farm on the edge of Sheffield near the Peak District National Park. It was set up in 1979 as an educational trust working with inner city children and young people with special needs or disabilities. Today it continues its educational work providing day and residential visits for over 10,000 children from schools and other groups each year. Although children come to Whirlow from all over the UK, there is a special focus on schools and children's groups in Sheffield LEA, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.