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Sunday, 13 June 2021
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Farming Fortnight is a two week long celebration of farming and food production. Here is a fantastic selection of farming and food resources ideal for helping students learn more about how our food is produced and the challenges being tackled to grow food sustainably and to feed a growing population.

Ages 4 - 6

  • Our partner LEAF Education has produced some exciting new resources for every day throughout Farming Fortnight, all supplied with teacher notes and guidance on how to deliver inspiring sessions to each key stage that signpost to a range of fantastic links such as videos, YouTube clips and TED talks. 
  • Check out this newly launched set of 5 templates from our partner the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Children can use these for a fun hands-on activity to explore where their food comes from - including a field, windmill, scarecrow, tractor and loaf of bread. All you need is a variety of colourful grains and some glue to create a masterpiece - download the set and get ready to do some sticking!
  • AHDB has also produced these Farming Food For You posters to show life on the farm – how animals are reared and cared for, and how crops are grown and harvested. The six posters explore different farming sectors – dairy, beef, sheep, potatoes, cereals and pork.

Ages 7 - 11

  • This Handbook for Teachers covers all the essential aspects of organising school farm visits; from what to include in a risk assessment, to linking visits to the curriculum. There is also information on the types of farms offering visits as well as what to look for on a pre visit.
  • Want to discover more about farming first hand? The annual LEAF Open Farm Sunday event is fast approaching on Sunday 27th June. Each free event is unique with its own activities - based around the farm’s own individual story. 
  • Find out about how fruits and vegetables are grown in the UK with this terrific video from Tiptree fruit farm, PowerPoints and teacher notes are also provided.

Ages 11 - 16

  • Our new partner the Environment Agency has produced these resources about Plastics in Agriculture. If plastics are not managed well they can escape into the environment, getting into our soil, rivers and eventually our sea!
  • AHDB has a range of resources on Food A fact of Life that explains Dairy Farming & Cheese Production in more detail and how it is then processed into cheese with posters, videos, PowerPoint presentation and information sheets to download for the classroom or event.
  • Use this Farming and the Environment guided exploration of how agriculture can benefit wildlife to contribute to sustainability discussions. This resource has a  series of questions with suggested websites to investigate the answers.
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LEAF Education works to engage, motivate, and inspire young people through experiential learning in order to equip our future generations with a balanced and informed insight into food production, farming and the environment. As the leading agri-education organisation we connect farmers, teachers, and young people, to support our future generations...    Read More
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