FaceTime a Farmer

LEAF Education’s free FaceTime a Farmer initiative is transforming how farmers connect children with their food and where it comes from. FaceTime a Farmer is all about harnessing the power of digital communications to inspire, engage and educate young people about not only the journey from farm to fork but also the everchanging, diverse agricultural industry. Children regularly chat live to their matched farmer from their classrooms through FaceTime or Skype, discuss ideas, ask questions, share knowledge and gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of the issues farmers face every day.

FaceTime a Farmer is a fortnightly, ten minute Skype or FaceTime call between the farm and the classroom.

Founded by farmer Tom Martin, co-ordinated by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), and sponsored by Sainsbury's and Strutt & Parker, the initiative pairs farmers with classes for a series of video calls throughout the year.

The students have the opportunity to ask questions, and see what happens on the other side of the farm gate, reinforcing curricular learning with real life examples in the UK countryside.

With nearly 150 school and farmer pairings already, 100% of farmer and student/teacher participants enjoyed the calls, and 100% of teachers said that their pupils/students were really engaged, and gained a better understanding of where their food comes from. Calls have covered subjects including geography, climate change, genetics, biology, food technology, animal welfare, the role of pollinators, engineering, environmental protection, and much more.

We are encouraging classroom learning, engaging children with where their food comes from, promoting healthy eating, and inspiring the future food production workforce. 

Interested? Please sign up below and we will connect you with your matched school or farm as soon as possible, you can then begin your conversation with this free initiative.

Farmer Sign up

Currently we are looking for the names and contact details of farmers who would be interested and have the capability to Skype or FaceTime.

Sign up to the FaceTime a Farmer project as a farmer.

Teacher Sign up

Currently we are looking for the names of schools and contact details of those schools who would be interested and have the capability to Skype or FaceTime a farmer.

Sign up to the FaceTime a Farmer project as a teacher.

Why it's important

Farmer Tom has created two useful webinars to help teachers and farmers who have signed up to FaceTime a Farmer. In our third video Farmer Tom also explains why teachers and farmers should sign up for this exciting initiative.

Resource bank

Here are a some useful downloadable PDF guides for farmers and teachers about how to get involved in the FaceTime a Farmer project. 

If you have any further questions then please contact our Education Programme Coordinator Julie.Neale@leafuk.org.