Farmer Time - Helping Students Understand Where Their Food and Fibre Comes From
Farmer Time is a video call with a Famer. It allows students to ask questions, take a virtual tour and experience what careers in food and fibre look like. Designed for students from K-12, Farmer Time brings the food and fibre curriculum alive!
Primary Producers – we need you!
Farmer Time is a chance to show students where their food and fibre comes from, how you grow the products they see every day and the opportunities that lie in farming as a career.
It is a simple process: You contact us, we connect you with a classroom looking to learn more, you connect via the internet (you can use facetime, zoom, skype, etc) with the teacher, and organise a time to connect with the class. It’s a lot of fun, and kids have many really great questions! It can work really well to team up with a school or a class that you have an existing connection with. It only requires a small commitment of time, but the value is enormous!
UK Farmer Time Webinar has lots of information about how it works and why it’s such a great and important project to be involved with.
Information for Teachers
There is plenty of information for teachers too. You can find plenty of free units of work to go along with your farmer time sessions on Primezone and links to the Australian Curriculum are available. Kids to Farms are also happy to support you further with this.
Farmer Time can help your class develop a relationship with a farmer, so that students feel comfortable to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding. Farmer Time is best used when incorporated into a larger teaching program. It can be used to introduce topics and concepts, consolidate learning or both. Contact with your farmer every 2 to 3 weeks, for a brief call, helps to establish rapport and allow for ongoing learning. A video from UK farmer time will give you further information.
You might like to hear more about Farmer Time and the importance of agricultural education by listening to Farmer Tom.
To be involved contact:
Claire Robertson at Kids to Farms Project
Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association
0418 131 629