External Links: farms & animals
Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. Contact with and care of animals is a great way to develop skills of compassion and empathy, and an understanding of where what we eat comes from is acknowledged to be an important lesson in respect for our food, and the wider environment.
We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on farms & animals, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.
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We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.
Encourages people of all ages and abilities to take part in sensory-rich visits on farms, city farms & nature reserves, to explore and enjoy food, farming and nature. Online resources too.
Educating children & young people about food & farming in a sustainable countryside – tons of great resources, info, links, free downloads, packs and activities – this site is really worth browse!
630+ clubs, dedicated to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside. “You don’t need to be involved in farming to be a Young Farmer – just someone who appreciates the countryside and enjoys rural life.”
For every child in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside, and to create a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of rural Scotland.
More than 110 schools with farms receive support and assistance, networking and exchange of ideas and information, including peer teacher support. Part of Social Farms and Gardens.
Aims to ensure that school trips to farms are safe, enjoyable and educationally worthwhile. FFS members meet standards including H&S, insurance and adequate toilet & hand-washing facilities. Useful teachers guides.
Exchange project educating children about farming, food production and the environment. FarmLink visits schools in the winter and schools then visit the farms in spring, summer and autumn, all linked to the National Curriculum.
Education & rehousing farmed hens. “We think all laying hens deserve to enjoy natural freedoms whilst they lay tasty eggs for us to eat; that means freedom to roam on green pasture, freedom to enjoy sunshine, freedom to scratch for insects & freedom to lay an egg in a nest.”
Government committee advising the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales on the welfare of farmed animals.
“CSA is a partnership between farmers consumers in which the responsibilities, risks & rewards of farming are shared.” Support, resources, info, skills exchange & training to promote a fairer, more transparent model of food production.
The independent, collaborative news and information source for farming & food. Free access to authoritative research and technology transfer publications for practitioners and students.
Represents contractors in the UK who supply all types of land-based services to farmers, government, local authorities, sports and recreational facilities.
Over 100 zoo and aquarium members who pride themselves on their excellent animal welfare, education and conservation work. Very useful curriculum-linked Good Zoos education resources.