On 23rd November, Master Karen Mercer attended a dinner held at the Farmers Club and hosted by LEAF regarding 'Farmer Time'. This is an important initiative that has been started by “Farmer Tom Martin” and is implemented through LEAF. What does Farmer Time do and achieve and how can you be part of this wonderful initiative? Find out more below.
- Improving the connection between food producers and the public is an important goal for farmers and growers in the UK, especially as we all work towards creating a more sustainable supply chain based on healthy and nutritious food being produced in a sustainable and environmentally responsible way.
- Communicating with the public, but especially our future generations, to help them become better informed about how the food they eat is produced is a key role in this, especially where there are numerous opportunities to also inspire future generations of decision makers, politicians, consumers and farmers. Do not be misinformed, young people especially are keen to know more, their minds wide open to understand directly from us professionals, what goes in to feeding our nation.
- Farmer Time is the opportunity open to us all. It has been a hugely successful initiative which has allowed school children to communicate with farmers via video calls on a regular basis, helping children and young people understand where their food comes from in its journey from farm to fork.
- To date, Farmer Time has connected over 22,500 children with farmers across the UK, and further afield with international partners in Sweden, Finland, Australia, Republic of Ireland and New Zealand delivering this to young people in their countries too. Not only is this helping consumers become better informed about farming, food production and the environment, but it is also inspiring the next generation of agricultural workers who will support our industry for years to come.
- Over 56% of Farmer Time calls so far have covered the natural environment and sustainability, 78% of farmers have spoken about animal welfare and 97% of teachers believe that their pupils have a greater understanding of where food comes from.
- Are you able to give 20 mins of your time every two weeks and engage digitally with a classroom of young people? For many Farmers who already participate it is the highlight and most rewarding part of their working day.
To get involved, find out more about how Farmer Time works, and the impact it has, go to: www.farmertime.org.