Farmer’s Helpers sessions are offered to young people aged 8-12 throughout the school holidays. Sessions run from 10am -12.30pm. Farmer’s Helpers do real jobs across the farm. Your day might include mucking out pigs, feeding or grooming, helping with the garden or even painting fences!
On the day, your youngster should report to the Education Centre in the middle of the farm with a snack and wearing strong old clothes and shoes or wellies. On cold days, please provide extra layers including hats and gloves. If it's very wet, we'll do more indoor jobs, but may be outdoors part of the time, so bring a waterproof!
Farmer's Helpers are taught how to carry and use tools and wheelbarrows etc. safely, and are in closely supervised small groups. Probably the biggest hazard they are exposed to is the possible infection from animals and their dung – we give a safety talk at the beginning of every session telling the youngsters they must not eat or drink while working, and how they must wash their hands and footwear after being in the farmyard.
Being a Farmer’s Helper can be hard work but also lots of fun!