May 182015
 
18 May 2015: Green Green Growth of May

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 042015
 
5 May 2015: April showers - still!

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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20 April 2015 – New Crop New Harvest New Arrival

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Apr 272015
 
20 April 2015 - New Crop New Harvest New Arrival

This program looks at the importance of weather how it effects wildlife and the onset of spring, how we can cheat the weather to some extent by growing plants and using bees in a greenhouse, but not without a cost. Also how it can still cause problems with keeping livestock like pigs outside.

Spring has sprung – Should you rush to start planting your plot on the first day of spring? What else could you be doing?
Beating the weather? –Another visit to the greenhouses to see how the tomatoes are progressing, as well as cucumbers and surprisingly strawberries.
The weather can kill! – This follows our newborn piglets through to weaning, looking at what different systems are available for rearing pigs and how the UK pig herd has some of the highest welfare standards in the world – which we should be supporting if we believe in animal welfare.

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16 March 2015 Science Week STEM Special

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Mar 152015
 
16 March 2015 Science Week STEM Special

The ABC of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths in Food Production (ABC STEM in Food Production) has been produced for science week (13-22 March 2015) but it can be used at any time so don’t worry if your science week is already over flowing with science! This will give you a taste of the experience of having a farm yard in your classroom – but without the muck and without the smells!

The ABC STEM in Food Production gives the ABC’s of the part science, technology, engineering & maths play in modern food production. See how Bees, Cows, Digestion, Evolution, Fermentation….. Interactive screen and Lasers play a part in modern food production.

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Mar 042015
 
Countdown 2 Hatching

The countdown is on the eggs went in the incubator on Wednesday 15 April 2015. So can you work out when they will be due to hatch – 21 days from this date? Eggs going in – how many in total?   Follow #countdown2hatch via live eggcam once eggs in incubator – go to egg

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Feb 282015
 
Erasmus Project with Hull Teaching School

A Hull National Teaching School leads the way with tripartite project to embed food and farming into the curriculum A leading Hull Primary School visited a North Yorkshire Agricultural and Horticultural Research Station for the launch of a pioneering project that will inform teachers to educate and enthuse pupils about the food on their plates.

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2 March 2015 Nature knows

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Feb 282015
 
2 March 2015 Nature knows

This program looks at the importance of weather how it effects wildlife and the onset of spring, how we can cheat the weather to some extent by growing plants and using bees in a greenhouse, but not without a cost. Also how it can still cause problems with keeping livestock like pigs outside.

Spring has sprung – Should you rush to start planting your plot on the first day of spring? What else could you be doing?
Beating the weather? –Another visit to the greenhouses to see how the tomatoes are progressing, as well as cucumbers and surprisingly strawberries.
The weather can kill! – This follows our newborn piglets through to weaning, looking at what different systems are available for rearing pigs and how the UK pig herd has some of the highest welfare standards in the world – which we should be supporting if we believe in animal welfare.

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9 February 2015 – Preparing for Spring

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Feb 082015
 
9 February 2015 - Preparing for Spring

Forward planning your Veggie Patch – Seasonal vegetables are about forward planning. Even when it is snowing in spring you can be starting your spring planting with home made newspaper plant pots!
Preparing for Calving and Sows Farrowing – Shows a farmer fetching in his cattle ready for calving in the spring, Then goes on to show how piglets are born all year round. With footage of piglets actually being born .
New Life in the Greenhouse –Show the tomatoes we saw being planted and grown as seedlings now being transferred and set out in greenhouses.

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26 January 2015 – Beyond the Farm

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Jan 232015
 
26 January 2015 - Beyond the Farm

Extending the Veggie Patch – extending our veggie patch to grow more fresh produce.
Milk beyond the farm – Shows that the safety of this important foodstuff starts with storage on the farm and then shows how it is treated to keep it safe to consume and then how it is packed into the cartons of liquid milk you buy as a consumer.
Potatoes beyond the farm – This shows how the surplus of harvest is stored and gradually used to keep the shops of Britain supplied year round – without the need for ‘fresh’ imports of potatoes from abroad as some shops would have you believe. It also shows how one of our favourite potato products is made – Crisps!

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12 January 2015 – Computers in Agriculture Winter Allotment Harvest

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Jan 092015
 
12 January 2015 - Computers in Agriculture Winter Allotment Harvest

Farm Animals and Computers – Shows how computers are used to monitor pigs feeding during pregnancy and also how they are used to help farmers weigh ingredients so they can mix the correct food ingredients for cattle. It also shows how even milking cows and goats is helped by the use of computer to monitor how much milk is produced.
In your local Greenhouse – Shows how machines are used to plant seeds then how computers and robots are used to then sort the growing seedlings. It also shows how human input is still needed for many jobs that computers cannot do – yet!
Winter Harvest – See what you can harvest even in winter on our allotment.

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1 December 2014 – Christmas Special: Trees Sprouts Wool Jumpers

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Nov 252014
 
1 December 2014 - Christmas Special: Trees Sprouts Wool Jumpers

Christmas Harvest in the fields. – Christmas Trees and Sprouts being harvested for Christmas.The wet Autumn has meant farmers are still trying to harvest some other crops to0…..
Christmas Jumpers. – See how the wool for your jumper get from the sheep to Santa’s sack!
Using Wildlife to help you celebrate Christmas. – Gives details of how to make a traditional Christmas Wreath decoration using foliage from the countryside
Plus Bonus – How we can help you with your growing in school next term

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10 November 2014 – Managing the seasons

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Nov 072014
 
10 November 2014 - Managing the seasons

How can you enjoy your 5-a-day all year round? This looks at the different ways we use to preserve food so we can enjoy it out of season. Freeze it! Cool it! Fly it! Cover it! Time it!
Dressing a Lambs carcass. – Shows how your local butcher dresses or butchers a lambs carcass for you to enjoy your favourite cuts of lamb such as chops, leg or shoulder of lamb.
Helping wildlife with the seasons. – Shows how you can help the wildlife cycle by feeding birds in your garden or school. This section gives you advice and tips on feeding birds and also how you can make your own fat balls.

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20 October 2014 – The ABC of farming

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Oct 162014
 
20 October 2014 - The ABC of farming

The Poo Cycle.How farm livestock re-cycle the products of harvest. This shows how livestock eat the products of harvest and produce manure for the farming to re-cycle by using on the crops he grows.
Re-starting the Crop Cycle– Shows farmers planting their Winter crops and thus re-starting the farming cycle.
Wildlife is seasonal too– Explains how birds migrate here not only in the summer but also the winter. Asks them to look for some winter migratory birds

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6 October 2014 – Autumn Tasks

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Oct 032014
 
6 October 2014 - Autumn Tasks

School’s harvest as do farmers – Shows pupils returning to Stockbridge to harvest the crops they planted this spring and also how farmers harvest the same crops with big machines
Livestock farmers preparing for Winter. – Shows how livestock farmers started their preparation for winter back in the summer by preserving grass to feed over the winter.
Wildlife must prepare for Winter – Explains how farmers help insects survive winter and how you can too at your school.

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September Seasonal Food

 

With the curriculum focusing on pupils having to understand where food comes from, its seasonality and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed this section of the Discovering-Our-Countryside website will help them learn what food is ‘in season’ and available for harvested each month Here are some foods which are ready for harvest in August and some dishes you can enjoy them in.

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22 September 2014 – Using the Products of Harvest

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Sep 192014
 
22 September 2014 - Using the Products of Harvest

Natures larder – How natures larder does not last all winter and needs help to sustain wildlife until the spring.
Using the products of harvest for us – Shows some of the products we can make from Cereal Grains such as flour, bread and beer
Using the products of harvest for livestock – Shows how we use cereals to feed livestock

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August Seasonal Food

 

With the curriculum focusing on pupils having to understand where food comes from, its seasonality and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed this section of the Discovering-Our-Countryside website will help them learn what food is ‘in season’ and available for harvested each month Here are some foods which are ready for harvest in August and some dishes you can enjoy them in.

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8 September 2014 – Bringing in the harvest

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Sep 082014
 
8 September 2014 - Bringing in the harvest

The harvesting of crops – shows farmers harvesting various crops such as cereals, potatoes peas. Also shows how a combine harvester threshes the corn in one process
The Harvesting of grass – Shows livestock harvesting grass to make milk for their offspring. Shows lambs being weighed to see if they are heavy enough for sending to market.
Harvesting our garden – What has been harvested in our garden over the summer.

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July Seasonal Food

 

With the curriculum focusing on pupils having to understand where food comes from, its seasonality and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed this section of the Discovering-Our-Countryside website will help them learn what food is ‘in season’ and available for harvested each month Here are some foods which are ready for harvest in July and some dishes you can enjoy them in.

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Farmer Mark’s Farming Road Show

 
Farmer Mark's Farming Road Show

With the curriculum focusing on pupils having to understand where food comes from, its seasonality and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed this section of the Discovering-Our-Countryside will help them learn this as it tells the story of foods they eat.

If their school registers with the teach.discovering-our-countryside VLE then these food stories will form part of their lessons too including workbooks, other videos and activities.

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14 July 2014 – Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

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Jul 112014
 
14 July 2014 - Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

Out and about in summer – Give Mario a break! Things to look out this summer. Also looks at some outdoor activities for school and summer holidays.
How are crops doing? – Looks at how crops we saw planted in spring are doing in early summer. How bees have harvested the fields of yellow to make honey.
Dairy Products– Shows milk being processed to produce cream for your Wimbledon Strawberries and then bottled as either Whole, Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Also explains why milk is an excellent drink for athletes or after any exercise

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