LEAF Education Aims to Inspire Farmers with Networking and Development Day

The hands-on day is aimed at farmers to give them the skills, confidence and know-how to engage with teenagers effectively. The interactive event will bring together LEAF Education members, other farmers and LEAF’s team of Regional Education Consultants to share experiences and best practice, highlight successes and map out opportunities linked to the curriculum and exam specifications.

Carl Edwards, Director of Education and Public Engagement at LEAF Education believes farmers who are interested in inspiring the next generation about food and farming will find the day invaluable: “For the future of our industry it is vital that we engage teenagers with the role that farmers have in the production of food. Our research shows that whilst many are interested, they are not as informed as they might be – which is where farmers can really help! We have a very exciting programme planned for the day, which will give farmers the skills, confidence and inspiration to connect future generations with farming and where their food comes from.”

During the day, farmers will be able to attend four of the following sessions:

  • Future farming careers workshop – a collaborative project between LEAF and National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC), enabling learners to develop critical thinking and learn about aspects of agricultural, food and retail careers
  • Livestock: selective breeding & animal welfare – easy-to-understand activity ideas linked to Curriculum and GCSE Exam Specification
  • A day on an arable farm – exploring ways to make an arable farm visit interesting and interactive – you don’t need livestock to host a visit!
  • The importance of soils – help teenagers get down and dirty on your farm to understand this vital resource
  • Practical science on the farm – how to bring the Key Stage 3 & 4 science curriculum to life with practical activities on the farm and demonstrations
  • Hedgerows, margins & biodiversity – learn with a science teacher how hedgerows and field margins can be used to deliver the science curriculum for Key Stage 3 & 4
  • Farm walk: chill out & connect with nature – how to use your site to enhance young people’s awareness of the environment, with art and sensory activities designed to be inclusive
  • Linking food & farming to the business curriculum – led by a business studies teacher, find out how to help students understand the farm business and use it as a case study throughout the course
  • Farm tour – tractor and trailer ride tour of Beeswax Dyson Farming – Mayfield Farm, led by farm manager Ed Hall

After the sessions finish at 4:30pm, attendees are invited to stay and join the LEAF team for a BBQ. Farmers interested in finding out more information about the event or to book a place, can do so here.

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A huge thank you to the sponsors of the LEAF Education Network and Development Day: