Part-funded Educational Visits training for farmers

Do you want to learn how to host safe and impactful farm visits?

The Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has teamed up with LEAF Education to offer part-funded places on a CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) course in February 2024.

Farmers living or working within Yorkshire are eligible to recover 80% of the cost course, with training funding available from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

What is CEVAS and what will you learn on this course?

CEVAS gives farmers the tools, knowledge and practical guidance needed to host safe and impactful farm visits.

The two-day in-person CEVAS Education course brings together farmers at a rural location for a packed schedule to learn about the practicalities involved in hosting visits, how food and farming can be incorporated into the school curriculum, and how to communicate effectively with both teachers and pupils.

With the help of your tutor, you will gather useful documents into a portfolio which is then submitted for accreditation.

CEVAS accreditation is an Open College Network level 2 award delivered by the Access To Farms partnership.

It is not only useful for personal development but is also recognised by a number of insurers, schools and local authorities as a mark of good practice.

CEVAS counts towards your BASIS, Dairy Pro and Pig Pro points.

When, where and how much does it cost?

Course dates: 8-9th February 2024

Venue: White Quarry Farm near Tadcaster

Cost: £60 + £5.71 booking fee

The usual cost of this course, without 80% reimbursement from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is £300 + VAT.

A short film, offering a flavour of this course is available here.

How do I book on the course?

Book directly with LEAF Education by registering via the button below.

How to claim your 80% reimbursement

Applicants are required to pay 100% of the cost to LEAF Education.

Upon completion of your application to attend the course, please apply to recover 80% of the costs from the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network, by filling in the form via the button below.

‘A rewarding experience’ – Course testimonial

Tango Fawcett, whose farm is the setting for the CEVAS training course, regularly hosts school group visits in partnership with the Country Trust.

Tango – pictured below, left, with YAS Charitable Activities Coordinator Philippa Gray, right, on a recent fact-finding visit to her farm – said there is a lot to be gained from learning the skills needed to offer such opportunities.

Hosting school farm visits is so rewarding, it makes me feel happy to share our farm with so many children, knowing that some of the activities will remain as memories for the rest of their lives.

Now, more than ever, helping people understand where their food comes from, and what farmers do to grow it, is so important.

The link between food and farming is very weak, and we as farmers cannot hope that the public will support UK farms, if they do not understand the processes.

For more information, please contact Holly Jones, tel: 01423 546251 or email:

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