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.
Cobble Hey Farm is a fully working, environmentally conscious family run farm located just off the M6 near Garstang. With a strong commitment to education, Cobble Hey is the perfect place to learn about nature and the farming process from their on-site experience in farming, gardening and local wildlife.
Five primary schools from all over Ceredigion came to the Bandstand on Friday 5th April for Discover the Sea, a day of seaside activities organized by the Cardigan Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) and LEAF Education as part of Wales Outdoor Learning Week.
Whilst having years of experience hosting primary schools and community groups, a secondary school visit was something Sandra and Anthony from Whetstone Pastures farm had never contemplated before until LEAF Education linked them up with Mrs Mesias and her Food Technology department at Higham Lane Academy School in Nuneaton.
Hazel and her team at Ramsbury estates, nestled in the Kennet valley, were delighted to host 30 GCSE Food and Nutrition students from Furze Platt Secondary School in Maidenhead. This was the school's first trip to a real working farm of this scale and students were treated to a packed itinerary which saw learners exploring the estates 9000 acre in house farming and diversification operation comprising of brewery, commercial and amenity woodland and 7,000 acres of arable fields.
Year 5 and 6 pupils from Milford on Sea Primary School visited Setley Ridge, near Brockenhurst, to enhance their understanding of local food, food miles, seasonality and the commercial value of tourism to local farmers. LEAF Regional Education Consultant, Jo Hatton, helped create opportunities for learning in a variety of real-life contexts
Year 8 Geography pupils from Imberhorne School visited Shepham Wind Farm learning all about the benefits of renewable energy. This visit was coupled with a trip to Berwick Solar Farm so that the pupils could make comparisons of different renewable energy sources.