Founded by Farmer Tom and managed by LEAF Education, Farmer Time is transforming how farmers connect children with their food and where it comes from.
Farmer Time uses the power of digital communications that we all have at our finger tips to inspire and engage young people about farming and where their food comes from. Linking directly to the school curriculum, classroom learning is brought to life on screen. Classes speak live to farmers from their school through FaceTime or Skype, discuss ideas, ask questions, share knowledge and gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of farming today.
Farmer Time is a regular, ten minute Skype or FaceTime call between the farm and the classroom. The initiative pairs farmers with classes for a series of video calls throughout the year, students have the opportunity to ask questions, see what happens on the other side of the farm gate and reinforce curricular learning with real life examples in the UK countryside.
With over 500 school and farmer pairings already, 100% of farmer and student/teacher participants enjoy the calls and 100% of teachers said that their pupils were really engaged and developed their understanding further of the curriculum area that they were studying from accessing this real life context. By participating in the project, you will be engaging children with where their food comes from, promoting healthy eating and inspiring the future food production workforce.
More information can be found on the following website www.farmertime.org
It is very easy to sign up, interested farmers complete the online form here and agree to the Safeguarding Code of Conduct and then you will be matched to a teacher.