Children are the consumers of tomorrow. They are key to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the UK food and farming industry. Through our education work, AHDB is committed to increasing children’s understanding of where and how their food is grown, reared and produced.
3 ways to connect education with food and farming
1. Tell your local school about these resources and activities
The Food: a Fact of Life programme aims to promote knowledge and skills about where food comes from, as well as cooking and healthy eating, among young people.
Designed for teachers of three to 16-year-olds and run in partnership with the British Nutritional Foundation (BNF), the programme provides curriculum-relevant resources and teacher training, covering all sectors.
The Countryside Classroom provides teachers with an online platform to find resources, places to visit and school support relating to the themes of food, farming and the natural environment.
It is a partnership of organisations that are committed to work together to represent these themes in and outside of the classroom.
2. Encourage your local primary school to take part in Grow Your Own Potatoes
Delivered in partnership with the industry, Grow Your Own Potatoes is a hands-on growing project.
Designed for primary school-aged children, it educates them about how potatoes grow and their role within a healthy balanced diet.
3. Order printed copies of our ‘Farming Food for You’ posters
This set of six posters showcases life on the farm, how animals are reared and cared for, and how crops are grown and harvested. Covering different farming sectors – dairy, beef, sheep, potatoes, cereals and pigs.
Extra ways to get involved
Sign up for Farmer Time
Farmer Time aims to inspire, engage and educate young people on the farm to fork journey - all through your phone.
Become CEVAS accredited
To provide educational visits on farm, find out more about this nationally recognised training programme CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme).
When supporting and communicating parents and young children whilst schools are closed, please follow the Safeguarding Code of Conduct guidance provided by LEAF.
AHDB working with the industry
We actively work to avoid duplication by complementing, not competing with or replicating, existing initiatives. Existing education providers we work alongside include:
NFU Education provides high quality primary STEM teaching resources and projects that are closely linked to the National Curriculum. These include Farmvention competition and Farming STEMterprise.
LEAF Education works with farmers and educators to bring farming into a learning context and embed an appreciation of farming into everyday life. This includes Farmer Time initiative to bring farming alive and directly into the classroom.
Open Farm Sunday
LEAF Open Farm Sunday is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and since the first Open Farm Sunday in June 2006, over 1600 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed over 2.5 million peopled on farms to find out more about how their food is produced.
BNF Healthy Eating Week
BNF Healthy Eating Week is managed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) and is supported by industry organisations. It aims to bring the UK together, workplaces, universities, schools and nurseries, focusing on key health messages and promoting healthy habits.