A general farm tour is suitable for children (aged 3 plus) and adults. It lasts for up to one hour. The tour is a fantastic opportunity to visits to all parts of the farm, learn more about the animals and have the opportunity to feed and stroke animals where appropriate. Maximum group 15. Larger classes will be split into groups, with each group guided by a member of farm staff or a trained volunteer.
The Workshops include topic based hands on activities and are adaptable to suit a range of ages and abilities ranging from Primary 3 to secondary pupils. All Workshops meet Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes and can be adapted to suit pupils with additional support needs. Workshops can be delivered alone; lasting up to one hour or as a two hour session including a general tour. Maximum group 15. Larger classes will be split into groups, with each group guided by a member of Farm staff or a trained volunteer.
A firm favourite at Gorgie City Farm! The class will split into small groups to take turns at threshing, winnowing and milling the grain using our traditional quern stones. This can be delivered alone or combined with a farm tour and animal handling. This workshop has a Health and Wellbeing: Food and Health Focus.
Explore the life cycles of animals, insects and plants on the farm, then get hands-on with the farm’s new arrivals. This workshop has a Science: Biological Systems Focus.
The cuddle corner is suitable for children aged 3 to Primary 2 and lasts for up to 20 minutes. The session involves visiting the Pet Lodge and stroking the animals. Maximum group 15. Larger classes will be split into groups, with each group guided by a member of Farm staff or a trained volunteer.
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 including gardening, mucking out stables, feeding animals and grooming our pygmy goats!
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!
Tours can be added in the booking process.