Farm Visits

Our aim is to organise 100 farm visits for Year 7 and 8 students throughout New Zealand by July 2018.

Farm visits have been really successful so far thanks to the farmers who have kindly hosted the schools.

For information on how to get involved as a host farm or to take your class on a farm visit - fill out the form on our "Contact" page.

All farm visits are fully funded by RMPP.

Benneydale School

During the month of March we had many farm trips take place. One trip that happened was Benneydale School visiting StorthOaks Angus in Paewhenua Rd, Otorohanga. This trip was unique because the whole school was invited to experience the farm trip.

The NZ Herald came along and wrote an article and made a video of this trip!

NZ Herald Video on this trip

Liberton Christian School

On the 15th March we had our first farm visit in the South Island. Liberton Christian School went to Tori and Preston Hopes farm in Deep Stream. The children, teachers and parent helpers had a fantastic learning experience.

Otago Daily Times Article on this trip
Ngakuru School image

Ngakuru School

Our farm trips are only made possible by the generosity of farmers. One such farmer is Todd Bolton from a Pamu farm in the North Island. He was the host for Sue Crockett and her learners from Ngakuru School.

“Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be part of this. We had an absolutely fabulous day. A huge huge thank you to Todd and his staff at the station. They had everything so well organised and provided the kids with many different experiences as well as answering our questions. The kids were absolutely buzzing when we got back to school. ​​

The boys had brought down a mob of about 1200 sheep to the yards for us. The kids got to be drafted .Todd had them all organised, told them to face one way but didn’t mention the shepherd was going to bring the Huntaways up behind them. They got to practice counting sheep, go up to the shearing sheds – feed the pet sheep and watch them being shorn, pat the horses and dogs, go on the tractor, see the 2 different types of dogs working. After lunch the kids all disappeared around the front of the office. The staff had organised sack races, gumboot throwing competitions and prizes for the kids. We had so fun.” – Sue Crockett

Papakaio School

In April, Papakaio School visited New Haven Farms in Oamaru. Jane and Brian Smith were the hosts for the day.

“We learnt so much about how the sheep are cared for… such a great learning experience for us.” – Damian Brown, Papakaio School DP (Sourced from School Blog Post)

Otago Daily Times Article on this trip

Pauatahanui School

Pauatahanui School had their farm visit in April.  Pauatahanui is an Urban school in Porirua Wellington.

These learners went to visit Warren Bryant on his farm in Johnsonville.  Warren showed the children how he shears his sheep and what happens to the fleece after it is removed.

Becky Spencer then had her class visit Preston’s Butchery in Porirua.  What a super day of learning!