Farmers urged to sign up for Farmer Time as schools wait to be matched

The team behind the popular Farmer Time initiative – which links up farmers and schools using digital platforms – is urging farmers across the country to sign up now, as there are 200 schools ready and waiting to be matched.

Farmer Time, which launched in 2017, has already matched more than 600 schools and farms, reaching nearly 16,000 children and doubling in numbers from the previous academic year.

The initiative allows schoolchildren to regularly chat live with their matched farmer from their classrooms through a video call platform, such as FaceTime or Zoom.

Leaf Education, which heads up Farmer Time, is calling for more farmers to take part, as 200 schools are now waiting to be matched with a farmer.

Carl Edwards, director of education and public engagement at Leaf, comments:“Engaging with schoolchildren has never been more important after this challenging year and we are particularly delighted to have so many schools signed up. We’ve already seen the incredible impact Farmer Time is having on educating, inspiring and engaging children with farming, how their food is grown and where it comes from.

“Not only do each and every one of our participating farmers enjoy this initiative, it is immensely rewarding in the impact it has on schoolchildren and it has been specifically designed to take up as little time as possible from busy farm life. We encourage farmers across the country to sign up and help children to broaden their horizons after such a constrained time during the pandemic.”

The annual Farmer Time Impact Report for 2020 revealed that 100 per cent of farmers enjoyed the experience, 96 per cent will be continuing with Farmer Time and 71 per cent spoke to children about careers in farming.

If you would like to take part in this free initiative, visit www.farmertime.org to register your interest.

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