Throughout the year, RHET organise Food and Farming days. These are events where a number of different providers offer short introductory sessions to pupils from several different schools.
Over the course of the day, the pupils may visit 5-8 different organisations to hear more about food, farming and the countryside.
The sessions on offer vary between areas but may include topics like livestock, vegetable production, arable farming, bread making, butchery and farm machinery.
Volunteers are key to the success of these events. As well as running some sessions, volunteers help ensure the day runs to time and may get involved as stewards or guides for the school groups attending.
Speak to your local coordinator to find out more about when the next Food and Farming day is happening in your area.
After serious consideration, the decision has been made for all RHET face to face activity to be postponed.
This development is in light of the announcement made by the UK Prime Minister on Monday 16th regarding ‘non-essential contact’ which relates to the nature of our work. We also understand a number of schools have restricted engagement with non-essential visitors. Our volunteers give up so much of their time to share their knowledge, their passion and care for the rural, farming and wider industries. We want to ensure we are doing what we can to safeguard individuals as well as those in education at this time of uncertainty.
We are currently working on ideas to bring food and farming education to life, as farmers and growers are as busy as ever, if not more so with the impact they are feeling on their businesses. Please keep an eye on our social media platforms and check out the resources page where there is an abundance of facts and content for everyone to access, free of charge.
Please stay safe, support local businesses and take care of each other.
Some areas have boxes full of props which you can borrow to take into school.
These boxes contain a selection of animal feed, hay, wool and straw samples in sealed bags, an ear tag and passport, images of farming (either laminated or on memory sticks), information from Quality Meat Scotland and posters and what’s in season information.
If you want to make your own talk box we would encourage you to do this as the props you use can tell your own unique story.
Please remember that everything you use should be clean and in the case of feed samples enclosed to prevent problems with allergies.
If you are in any doubt about the props you want to use, please speak with your coordinator.