School Farms Conference 2021

Start / End Date: 
2nd July 2021 12:00 to 3rd July 2021 12:00

The popular School Farms Conference is back in 2021! This year's theme is 'Growing People, Plants and Animals'. and will take place online over the 2nd – 3rd July 2021.

About the School Farms Conference 2021

As in previous years, the event will be of great interest and use whether you are a Head teacher, adviser, school farm teacher, parent or anyone wishing to consider starting a school farm.

Due to the uncertainties of Covid-19 and feedback from many teachers and support staff that they will not be allowed to travel to attend events, this year the conference will be online; so no matter where you live you can join in!

Ensure that you book time to attend and promote the event to your colleagues.

The programme will run from 12:00 -15.30 on Friday 2nd July with a mixture of presentations and workshops. You will be able to contribute and ask questions through the online chat facility and everything will be recorded for you to revisit. On Saturday 3rd July the day will run from 09.30 - 12.00, including a session where Awards will be announced.

The programme

Here are just a few of the sessions currently being planned:

* Mental health and young people * School gardening  * Value of farms & gardens for children with learning difficulties  * Beekeeping in schools  * Meet a farmer online  * Care farming/therapeutic use of farms * Making use of sheep fleeces, including composting  * Closed loop permaculture systems  * Making sausages and bacon with the students   * Incubation projects (including ethics and sourcing) * H&S and risk assessments  * Basic animal first aid  * Fundraising  * Starting a school farm


Cost and booking

Fees: Registration will only cost £20 whether you plan to attend one or both days. The booking form will be available in January.

Join in and send us videos of your school farm

We are inviting school farms to share a glimpse of your farm and activities through video clips to help build relationships, share your experiences, and celebrate diversity.

Both days will include these short farm tour videos to demonstrate your work and the terrific range of school farms. Those not shown during the conference will be made available across the network (via website or other media tbc).

If you are able to help with this, your video should:

  • Clearly identify your organisation and location (town)
  • Be of 3 minutes maximum length (you may produce more than one video, but each must be no longer than 3 minutes)
  • Show at least some, if not all, your farm site and facilities
  • Include young people, preferably with some presenting commentary or being interviewed
  • Have ensured that you have sought permission for publication from all recognisable individuals.

Other than the above you can decide how to best present your farm, activities and benefits.

How and when?

You can share your video by sharing a link to it from YouTube or from your website, or via Drobox, WeTransfer etc. Send your link to at the latest by Friday 14 May 2021.

More details on the School Farms Network can be found here