My class this time came from Weston Super Mare and our first visit was to the mocked up farm with real farm animals for the children to see and touch. It included a demonstration of milking by a farmer who certainly missed his vocation as a comedian!
Always one of the great attractions are the newly hatched chicks in the chicken and egg workshop.
A talk from a real butcher with real meat carcasses is something that goes down well with nearly all the children. Only a few are too squeamish to sit through it.
Another great favourite is the sheep show where dancing sheep entertain large numbers of the children.
The day totally covers all aspects of farming from the ploughing of the ground to the moment the food reaches their plate. This year there were demonstrations of ploughing from horse drawn to mechanically drawn.
It is a tiring day for all the youngsters with a lot of walking and a lot to do. I think there is no doubt that many of the children get a great deal from it. One child last time actually froze when he went to step off the bus because he had never been in a field. There are opportunities for children to brush and groom dogs, touch meat, feel wool make bread. The list is almost endless.
All the volunteers are equally exhausted at the end of the day. I for one was glad to get home and put my feet up!