Farmer Time

The power of digital communications to inspire, engage and educate young people about an everchanging and diverse agricultural industry.

FaceTime a Farmer is transforming how farmers connect children with their food and where it comes from. Children regularly chat live to their matched farmer from their classrooms through FaceTime or Skype, discuss ideas, ask questions, share knowledge and gain a real-time understanding of the issues farmers face every day.

Since its early beginnings on Farmer Tom’s farm in Cambridgeshire, the exciting FaceTime a Farmer initiative has continued to gather momentum and gain popularity, resulting in over 350 teacher and farmer pairings across the UK. Children across the UK are benefiting from this effective project allowing them to see beyond the farmgate and gain a developing understanding of where the food on their plate comes from.

Farmers from many agricultural specialisms are participating, including not only dairy, sheep, beef, arable, pig, poultry and eggs but also farmers from the cut flowers and herbs industry, and fish farming. This diverse mix is resulting in engaging conversations within the classroom between the farmer and the children, promoting effective learning.

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Featured resources

To support teaching and learning about 'Where Food Comes From' you can find more resources on these pages: 5-7 Years, 7-11 Years, 11-14 Years, 14-16 Years

5 - 7 YR
Matching cards

Cards for children to match different foods to their animal sources.

7 - 11 YR
Down on the farm

A presentation looking at the origins of different animals on the farm being reared for food.

11 - 14 YR
How food is grown, reared or caught presentation

A presentation about how food is grown, reared or caught.

14 - 16 YR
Did you know? presentation

A presentation looking at red meat.

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