Farmers - Why?

There are many positive reasons to consider opening your farm for school visits:

This video has been produced by the Dairy Industry but is useful to all farmers interested in school visits.
Other videos can be found in the series here.

Benefits to you

  • sharing your expertise, experience and passion with the next generation
  • connecting with your community and consumers
  • showing what farmers do and promoting local food
  • enjoying the children's interest and enthusiasm and receiving positive feedback from schools
  • educating teachers and other adults about farming and the countryside
  • diversifying your enterprise and potentially providing another income stream
  • raising the profile of your farm to the benefit of other enterprises such as a farm shop or camping area
  • providing children with unique experiences: holding a chick, walking a wheat field, climbing on a tractor
  • encouraging children to think about working in the countryside

Benefits to schools

  • provides a stimulating and versatile outdoor classroom
  • teaches children in a direct, hands-on way about many important topics including nutrition, food production, sustainability and conservation
  • creates interest and motivation that can be carried back to classroom activities
  • has many links to the curriculum
  • allows for physical exercise
  • provides teachers with an opportunity for professional development in gaining farming and countryside knowledge, and experience of outdoor education

Benefits to the community

  • gives children first-hand experience of farming and the countryside
  • helps children understand where their food comes from
  • shows children the importance of good husbandry
  • increases children's appreciation and understanding of the natural environment
  • lays the foundation for a deeper consumer awareness of food production
  • promotes better understanding and appreciation of agriculture and rural affairs
  • raises awareness of careers available in the countryside
  • contributes to developing children's social and personal skills
  • improves social integration within the visiting group and with the host farm