FarmED are working with The Country Trust to deliver inspiring, educational and life changing school visits to FarmED and other host farms in the region.
Emma and Heidi, our two Food and Farm Discovery Coordinators, work with teachers and group leaders to develop bespoke on-farm sessions that compliment curriculum delivery and expose children to farming, the natural environment, food preparation and healthy eating. The sessions are designed to be fun and help boost self-confidence. All children are welcome.
We have a specific aim of working with disadvantaged primary and secondary school children who suffer from poverty of opportunity, including:
•Children from areas of deprivation (based on the percentage of those eligible for free school meals)
•Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D)
•Children facing other challenges, such as young carers, refugees, and nurture groups within schools.
We are currently targeting our local schools and those within a one-hour catchment of FarmED including key urban areas of deprivation in Birmingham, Redditch, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester, Cherwell and Oxford.
Are you a farmer in our project catchment? Are you a great farming advocate who loves speaking with children? Do you have suitable toilets and hand washing facilities on site? If so, we would love to hear from you as we are seeking a small number of additional hosts for our coordinators and schools to visit.
Thank you to the Rothschild, Thirty Percy and Thomas Frank foundations for helping to fund this work and free school visits. If your school or group can afford to pay, we encourage a donation to help us do more for those with less.
Please get in touch if you want to know more about organising a visit or becoming a farmer host.