Chapter 2 – Schools: understanding the costs of going on a farm visit

Getting children outdoors and letting them experience a real working farm will reconnect them with where food comes from, and will provide them with an enjoyable experience and lasting memories. Host farms will be more than happy to talk about how a working farm functions and the different aspects of food production. By building good links with your local farm, schools are able to set up a regular programme of visits throughout the year and learn about the natural cycles from planting right through to harvesting. But, in order for a school to visit a farm, there are invariably associated costs that will need to be considered. The impact of the financial costs that are associated with the visits can often be challenging to a school, as they may have a limited visit budget and may not wish to ask for too much money /be unable to ask for money from parents.