National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

24 May 2022

Looking for ideas and contacts for ways you can share positive food and farming messages? Linking up with other established organisations that are already operating schemes you can get involved in is a simple way to get started.

Tractors into Schools

The Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, NFU Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire YFC work together to take a tractor into every Lincolnshire School.

YFC AGRI Chair Charlotte Garbutt shares how YFCs work with the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

“Young farmers in Lincolnshire have been taking their tractors into schools to help build relationships and teach young people about agriculture.

Lincolnshire FYFC has been working with the Society and the NFU to help them meet their aim of getting a tractor into every school in the county.

We were really grateful to all the farmers and dealers that lent us shiny, clean tractors and to the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and LEAF Education for helping us with the preparation and planning.

You could connect with your local agricultural society to discuss plans to do something similar in your county. Here’s a list of Show and Agricultural organisations to get you started. 

Farmer Time

Farmer Time is all about harnessing the power of digital communications to inspire, engage and educate young people about not only the journey from farm to fork but also the everchanging, diverse agricultural industry.

As a young farmer, you can be matched with a classroom to chat to children through FaceTime or Skype about your career. It’s an opportunity to share knowledge and for schoolchildren to gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of the issues farmers face every day. Find out more about the initiative and how to get involved here.

Read Herefordshire FYFC member Ernie Richard’s experience with Farmer Time and the school he is connected with.

LEAF Education

NFYFC partners with LEAF Education. The organisation works¬ to engage, inspire and motivate young people through experiential learning, in order to equip our future generations with balanced and informed insight into food production, farming and the environment. As well as Farmer Time, the organisation also organises:

  • Training – industry accredited training to support safe, high quality farm visits
  • Open Farm Sunday – farming’s annual open day. YFCs can get involved by supporting a local farm that is hosting an event or organising activities on their own farms.
  • Countryside Classroom - There are lots of resources available for schools to download from the Countryside Classroom. NFYFC also created a Future Farming pack with LEAF that’s available for YFCs to use in schools. It tells the story of food and farming with a range of career options to help Year 9 pupils who could be your future YFC members.
  • As NFYFC is a member of LEAF Education, we often collaborate on useful resources for YFCs. Download a handy guide for preparing for a YFC school visit or talk. Produced in association with LEAF Education and Countryside Classroom, this will certainly help to get you started.
  • Find your LEAF Education Regional Education Consultant

Country Trust (England and North Wales)

Connecting children with the land that sustains us all. Through food, farming and countryside experiences the Country Trust empowers disadvantaged children to create change in their lives and the world around them. There are a number of ways you can work with the Country Trust.

  • Become a host- free supported Farm Visits
  • Farm in a Box- brings the farm to a school. Coordinators work with host farmers to create a short film of the farm to accompany a box of activities and resources for those schools not yet able to come out on a farm visit,
  • Influencing policy makers
  • Volunteer with Country Trust

NFU Education

NFU Education is a small team of former teachers who understand the NFU’s link with the education profession. NFU Education aims to save teachers’ time and reduce workload, to spark learners’ passion and enthusiasm for STEM subjects all whilst delivering important messages about food, farming and nutrition through a cross-curricular, project-based approach.

  • Farming STEMterprise – an award-winning resource to help primary schools link their learning to farming and STEM.
  • Farmers for Schools – interested in training to deliver a myth busting assembly to a secondary school? Email education@nfu.org.uk
  • Engineering Educates: Farmvention Challenge - want to help 7-14 year old students design a farm of the future with an in person or virtual partnership? Email farmvention@nfu.org.uk

Farm Link (Devon and Cornwall)

This organisation is dedicated to educating school children about farming, food production, healthier eating and the environment. To bring the classroom to the countryside and the countryside to the classroom. Find out ways you can get involved in sharing these messages.

Access To Farms

This is a partnership of organisations that helps farmers inspire the next generation by offering safe, fun access to farm visits. Access To Farms is responsible for the creation of the Industry Code of Practice: preventing or controlling ill health through animal contact at visitor attractions. It is also responsible for CEVAS which is the established training course for landowners operating visits for schools and those with additional needs.

Showing guide

For younger members who would like to prepare for future shows, improve skills with NFYFC and RBST’s Showing Guide . It’s a great way to show a positive farming image at a public event and stimulate interest from others.

Before you get started on sharing messages, ask yourself:

  • Should we go it alone as a club/county or form an association with a partner?
  • Should we establish a link with a local school – either independently or through your chosen partner?
  • What are we and my fellow club members really interested in? Food, farming, machinery, conservation? Choose a topic that you enjoy and this will help you enthuse others.
  • Have we have asked for advice and used the correct facts, figures and examples to share?
  • Have we carried out all necessary safeguarding permissions and H&S assessments?
  • Have we planned and practiced?

Speak to NFYFC for further information.


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