Schools urged to get their share of Farmer Time

Facetime a Farmer has a new name: Farmer Time.

The pioneering initiative sees pupils connected with farmers across the country via live on-farm broadcasts to give new generations invaluable insights into agriculture without leaving the classroom.

Originally devised by Cambridgeshire farmer Tom Martin and co-ordinated by the charity Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF), Farmer Time uses video calling technology such as Skype, WhatsApp and FaceTime to host the broadcasts from farms.

Farmer Time

It pairs a teacher with a participating farmer and seeks to inspire, engage and educate young people about both the journey from farm to fork as well as the ever-changing, diverse agricultural industry – all in a visual way that links to the school curriculum.

It gives young people a great chance to discuss ideas, ask questions and gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of the issues farmers face every day.

Much like the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Countryside Days each June and school visits to the annual Great Yorkshire Show in July, Farmer Time brings the countryside to life in a vivid way.

Farmer Time in action

LEAF’s latest impact report details how 300 schools and farms have been paired up so far. In total, some 9,000 children have benefited from 10,800 learning hours.

A step by step guide to how the initiative works is available here.

For more details, visit the Farmer Time website.

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