What is Visit My Farm?
Visit My Farm is a "one stop shop" for farmers looking for help about educational visits to farms and the countryside. The website is managed and maintained by LEAF Education on behalf of a group of organisations called Access To Farms (ATF). These organisations – as the name implies – work together to improve educational access to farms of all types from small working farms through to large farm attractions with the aim of encouraging children and their teachers to make the most of farm visits.
As part of their collaborative work, in 2004 ATF developed the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) to both train and support farmers working with schools or other educational visits, including for additional therapeutic purposes. Over 2,300 people have been trained so far.
ATF also worked together to produce the Industry Code of Practice:
Who are the ATF partners?
LEAF Education works with its members and partners to promote visits to farms, and to provide easy access to a wide range of high-quality educational resources and activities to complement both school-based studies and outdoor visits. LEAF Education believes that all children should have access to the countryside, regardless of where they live, cultural group or economic background. They need to be prepared as leaders and consumers of a future in which over 9 billion people will need to be fed.
LEAF Education provides a one-stop enquiry service, extensive curriculum resources, support from our team of Regional Education Co-ordinators, links with farmers and the rural industries, workshops and seminars for teachers and farmers.
The ASAO organises agricultural, equine and horticultural shows, from local one-day events to major four-day national shows.
The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales.
Countryside Learning is an educational charity, promoting the countryside as a living, working environment.
The Country Trust brings alive the rural world for children and teachers. It educates and widens horizons through first hand experience of the working countryside.
Defra representatives attend group meetings to offer guidance and advice.
ECT is a charitable trust which was set up in 1952 by the late Ernest Cook, a grandson of Thomas Cook, founder of Cook's Travel Agency.The Trustees of the Ernest Cook Trust believe that, as a land based educational charity, the resources of the Trust should be used to increase public awareness and understanding of the countryside and the environment.
FARMA is a co-operative of around 500 businesses from across the UK that share one thing - a passion to promote food which is grown and sold by the same hands. Each member has a share in the business, this ensures that we all sign up to a clear mission that we all believe in.
Farms For City Children expands the horizons of children from towns and cities by offering them a magical week in the countryside living and working together on one of its farms.
Farm Stay UK is a "Not-For-Profit" farmer owned consortium, registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Act. The main objective is to more effectively market the accommodation provided by its members thus helping increase occupancy rates and incomes.
The Federation represents the interests of some 63 city farms oer 900 community gardens, and 77 school farms. They all vary and can be found in most cities across the UK. Most work with schools providing hands on opportunities
HSE is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. HSE attends our meetings and offers helpful guidance to members.
LEAF is a charity helping farmers improve their environmental and business performance and create a better public understanding of farming through a nationwide network of demonstration farms.
The NFAN provides professional advice and services to aid the development of farm and rural attractions. Including advice on Planning Legislation, Business Rates, Marketing, Animal Welfare, Insurance and Health and Safety.
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of land, 775 miles of coastline, over 350 historic houses and gardens and 76 nature reserves. Its places welcome hundreds of thousands of educational groups everty year for guided and independent visits.
The NFU is the leading democratic organisation representing farmers and growers in England and Wales, and a founding member of FACE.
Natural England is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Our purpose is to protect and improve England's natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.
RHASS is for people who value the rural areas of Scotland. It is for people who live and work in rural Scotland. It is for people who enjoy the finest products of our land-based and allied industries. And it is for everyone who supports the very best standards in agriculture, forestry and stewardship of the countryside, which are such an essential part of our heritage – and our future.
The Soil Association is the UK's leading organisation promoting organic food and farming. It provides educational opportunities for schools and the public through a network of open organic farms and a range of educational resources.