We've trained the latest cohort of more than 140 NFU members to speak to teenagers about the people who produce their food and the realities and career opportunities of modern farming in the UK.
NFU chief education manager Josh Payne said: “It’s been great to get back to the classroom. I can’t wait to hear how our trainees get on when they start their classroom lessons.
“Getting into schools, especially in urban areas, is a great way of connecting young people to the food they buy and eat.”
Farmers for Schools – training testimonials
We want to inspire teenagers across the country to think more about farming, and we asked farmers and growers to help bring to life how farmers produce their food and look after the environment. We spoke to three farmers who took part in this year's training:
Thomas Saunders, mixed farmer and Harper Adams student, East Anglia
The NFU Education team delivered a very informative presentation.
The mixed age environment was excellent. It allowed trainees with a couple of years or several decades of farming experience to discuss and deliver small sections of their potential presentations to each other.
I learned how to summarise key information to ensure the audience remain interested.
We really need to make positive changes within farming, and school pupils are the industry’s future. It is crucial that they understand the importance of backing British farming.
This will ensure that our industry continues to be strong, dynamic and efficient. The more people trained to speak in schools, the greater the understanding of British farming among the population.
“The more people trained to speak in school, the greater the understanding of British farming among the population.”
Thomas Saunders, Farmers for Schools speaker
Rebecca Wilson, livestock farmer, North East
As soon as I arrived at the training I knew it would be a relaxed day, focused on collaboration and learning from each other.
It was great to see a wide variety of ages, genders and agricultural sectors represented.
We all learned something new about how to help get the message about British agriculture and food production across to school children.
I am looking forward to visiting schools and delivering the presentation I made during the training, describing my journey into farming and busting some myths.
I also hope to build a relationship with the schools and ultimately have school children visiting the farm at home.
I would definitely recommend the training to anyone involved in the agricultural industry. To be able to share a message about the fantastic work that we do on farm for animal welfare and the environment, for example, is a second to none opportunity to speak to our future consumers and employees.
“I would definitely recommend the training to anyone involved in the agricultural industry. To be able to share a message about the fantastic work that we do on farm for animal welfare and the environment, for example, is a second to none opportunity to speak to our future consumers and employees.”
Rebecca Wilson, Farmers for Schools speaker
Sian Davies, mixed farmer, mid Wales
It was great to meet new people who are keen to get involved in the Farmers for Schools programme.
The first part of the course was aimed at telling our farming story to engage our audience in our day-to-day life. This covered aspects such as what we farm, what we produce, our journey to becoming a farmer and how our workload varies throughout the year.
The second part of the presentation was myth-busting around important issues such as emissions, animal welfare and caring for the environment.
It was a really engaging day and an opportunity for us to prepare a presentation for the schools.
I have never done something like this before and I am excited to be part of the programme to help showcase the best of British farming to children from all over the country.
“I am excited to be part of the programme to help showcase the best of British farming to children from all over the country.”
Sian Davies, Farmers for Schools speaker
Farmers for Schools – why you should get involved
We want to bring a better understanding of farming and agriculture to secondary school children. As tomorrow's consumers, it's vital that they learn about the work farmers do. We want to show them how farmers are addressing climate change, harnessing technology, looking after the environment and producing food to world leading standards.
We’re asking NFU members to deliver a 30 to 45-minute assembly in local secondary schools about day-to-day life on their farm. This gives you a chance to showcase the value of British farming and bust any myths or misconceptions, as well as answer questions from students.
As a Farmers for Schools trainee, who you will take part in our training course which will give you the tools to deliver an engaging and thought-provoking presentation for an assembly.
It'll also give you the opportunity to network and discuss how to best share your farming story.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “This is an exciting programme that will give farmers the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation, as well as talking about farming’s vital role in producing food for the nation and the role it plays in caring for the environment.
“With the popularity of our Farmvention competition, we see year-on-year how much the nation’s students love to get involved with farming as part of their education.”
Interested? Email [email protected] to express an interest in future training.