Farm visit travel bursaries
Farm Visit Travel Bursaries supported by the Three Counties Agricultural Society
The Three Counties Agricultural Society are proud to be a member of LEAF Education which is an organisation that inspires and engages teachers and students about the value of farming in a learning context. LEAF Education have a vast array of online resources which tie in with curriculum subjects and focus on the importance of food and farming.
Throughout the year, farms across England and Wales open their gates and host educational visits for students from 4 to 18. A LEAF Open Farm School Day (LOFSD) is an opportunity for schools to visit a farm to experience high quality teaching and learning from one of LEAF Education’s Regional Education Consultants and specially trained farmers. The Three Counties Agricultural Society have a good relationship with the Midlands Regional Coordinator who will be able to design a bespoke itinerary for the day linked with the current curriculum learning.
We are delighted to be able to offer schools within the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire the opportunity to visit farms and other sites related to agriculture to enhance their learning outside of the classroom. The society is providing bursaries of up to £250.00 to offset the transport costs associated with visiting a local farm. Terms and Conditions can be found here
Not sure how visiting a farm could be beneficial to your students?
Visiting a working farm can be hugely beneficial for children of all ages. From providing a stimulating, hands-on experience for Early Years right through to a practical demonstration of some career options for post 16s, there is something for everyone. Farms can be a great place for children to learn about the provenance of their food and used to study core curriculum subjects such as Maths, English, Science, Art and much more.
Getting children out into the countryside also has wider community benefits. A farm visit can:
- Provide a stimulating and versatile outdoor classroom
- Support the curriculum with engaging activities before, during and after a visit
- Contribute to developing children’s social and personal skills
- Create interest and motivation that can be carried back to classroom activities
- Help children understand where their food comes from
- Teach children in a direct, hands-on way about may important topics including nutrition, animal welfare, sustainability and conservation
- Allow for physical exercise
- Increase children’s appreciation and understanding of the natural environment
- Give children first-hand experience of farming and the countryside
- Show children the importance of good husbandry
- Introduce children to some of the issues around agriculture and rural affairs
- Raise awareness of careers available in the countryside
- Provide an opportunity for children to meet people from different backgrounds
- Allow children to understand risk and how to manage it
- Provide teachers with an opportunity for professional development by gaining farming and countryside knowledge, and experience of outdoor education.
In September this year, the Three Counties Agricultural Society were delighted to work alongside LEAF Education to organise a farm visit for home educator groups in the local area. The wonderful team at Glynch Farm hosted activities such as apple juice making using apples from the orchard, sheep catching and weighing as well as pond dipping for biological indicator species. All who attended had a fantastic time and were able to ask a farmer from a real working farm all sorts of questions about food, farming and the countryside.
To arrange a farm visit and to apply for a transport bursary please get in contact with Tessa Warby, Shows Education Executive via email (Tessa.Warby@threecounties.co.uk) or by telephone (01684 584917).
For more information about farm visits, please visit the LEAF Education website: https://www.visitmyfarm.org/