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    Virtual Farm Walk Brings Children Closer to Farming

Farms are great places for learning. Farmers are great people to learn from. But all too often schools struggle to find the time -and finance to- make a farm visit. Now every child can go field to field exploring the British countryside, seeing see and hearing about the way food is grown – and all without even having to leave the classroom - on the LEAF Virtual Farm Walk.

LEAF Virtual Farm Walk

The walk, on a website developed by for the farming charity LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) (by WRENmedia) in consultation with children and teachers, farmers and countryside educationalists, is hosted by two real farmers. Wherever on the farm the visitor decides to stop – shop, livestock, field, hedge, pond, office, wood or machine shed - the farmers are on hand to explain what’s going on. There are lots of interactive opportunities to explore for more.

It may be virtual but it is as real as possible. With real images and soundtrack, it captures the beautiful sights and sounds of British farming in action. Key aspects of the curriculum for primary school children are covered and there are accompanying activity sheets to download. In the Dig Deeper section, for 11-13 year olds, there are further materials and tasks. Doing the whole walk can take thirty minutes, but it’s up to the visitor. The LEAF Virtual Farm Walk is open and ready for visitors - whatever the weather!

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