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

Will the visit benefits outweigh the cost implications?

Due to the costs involved from the school’s perspective, it is important to consider whether a visit to a biofarm fits your learning requirements. It may also be that you will need to justify your plans to colleagues and / or senior management before you start to spend money on organizing the visit. A visit to a biofarm will have a range of benefits to pupils, teachers and / or parents. A farm visit can:

  • provide a stimulating and versatile outdoor classroom
  • support the curriculum with engaging activities before, during and after a visit
  • contribute to developing children's social and personal skills
  • create interest and motivation that can be carried back to classroom activities
  • help children understand where their food comes from
  • teach children in a direct, hands-on way about may important topics include nutrition, animal welfare, sustainability and conservation
  • allow for physical exercise
  • increase children's appreciation and understanding of the natural environment
  • give children first-hand experience of farming and the countryside
  • show children the importance of good husbandry
  • introduce children to some of the issues around agriculture and rural affairs
  • raise awareness of careers available in the countryside
  • provide an opportunity for children to meet people from different backgrounds
  • allow children to understand risk and how to manage it
  • provide teachers with an opportunity for professional development by gaining farming and countryside knowledge, and experience of outdoor education