Summer

Summer and late spring in the countryside. Food farming wildlife videos to help bring the seasons of wildlife, countryside and farming into your classroom or life

This is the summer playlist of 6 videos.

  • Summer 1 – What does it mean to you?
  • Summer 2 – April showers still!
  • Summer 3 – Green Green Growth of May.
  • Summer 4 – What summer is to the farming year.
  • Summer 5 – Hedgerow feasts, cows stomach feasts, tasty feasts.
  • Summer 6 – Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

Below are details about each of the 6 summer videos

Summer 1 – What does it mean to you?

Prepare for your preparers! – Planting potatoes in your garden, allotment or on your patio Calving – We finally manage to capture some cows calving on film – full graphic details so beware! We show how soon a newborn calf is up and suckling it’s mother’s milk and also how the farmer’s jobs and responsibilities for this calf start from day 1 Sowing and harvesting – Whilst farmers are busy sowing crops such as peas and wheat in the fields, growers are already harvesting some of the crops like cucumbers, which are grown under glass.

Summer 2 – 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.

Summer 3 – Green Green Growth of May.

Busy Birds – Lots of spring activity to look out for, birds building nests, singing and new chicks. 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

Summer 4 – What summer is to the farming year.

Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops. Hedgerows – We take a look at what a hedge is, what use it is and why they are important.

Summer 5 – Hedgerow feasts, cows stomach feasts, tasty feasts.

Hedgerow feasts –.We look at some of the plants and animals you may find in a hedgerow and how we can link these in food chains. Cow’s stomach feasts – We look at how ruminants rely of micro-beasts in their 4 stomachs to help them digest grass making them very important to food production as this allows us to produce food from land we would not otherwise be able to use. Tasty feasts – We look at how strawberries are produced in time for Wimbledon snacks

Summer 6 – 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