Building on your success

Encouraging more visits

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  • Organise a free taster session for local teachers. Arrange this after school, say 4.30pm, and provide refreshments. Use the opportunity to showcase what you can offer, answer questions and dispel worries. Early autumn is a good time when there is still lots of daylight and you can hope to generate bookings for the spring and summer.
  • Offer to visit schools, or groups such as Scouts and Guides, to talk about your farm Farmers visiting schools resource pack has lots of ideas and advice.
  • Use social media to promote your farm: tweet about interesting events, or write a blog for one of your animals
  • Contact organisations that can give you advice and help you promote your farm visits:
    • FACE (Farming and Countryside Education) membership gives you access to extra help and expertise, member-only resources, invitations to seminars and workshops and a reduced rate for CRB checks. It also has local coordinators who can help you liaise with schools.
    • LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) runs Open Farm Sunday and provides useful resources to help you host an event. It also works with the Sensory Trust on Let Nature Feed Your Senses, a project to reconnect people with the countryside.
    • The Country Trust organises farm visits for inner-city schools
    • The Outdoor Education Advisors Panel (OEAP) has local representatives
    • Your Local Authority – manywill have a school-visits advisor.
    • If your farm is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) they may have an officer responsible for education, school liaison, or farming who may have useful contacts or resources.