Children really do love finding out about farming and where their food comes from.

Josh in Wheat Field

Show Me A Farm is a new venture producing children’s books and DVDs about farming that are fact-filled, fun and entertaining for children and parents to enjoy together.

With our weekly food shop almost entirely carried out in the hectic and pre-packaged environment of supermarkets, it’s little wonder that the origins of our food hardly cross our mind. So it’s perfectly understandable that our children will assume their food magically appears on supermarket shelves.

As parents, the shopping priority is to solve the recurring questions “What are we going to eat today, tomorrow, the weekend?” The fact that a potato is dug out of the ground or milk is sucked from the udders of a cow does not form part of our shopping consciousness.

We are constantly being told to make lunch boxes healthier, eat seasonal, eat local, reduce our carbon footprint, cook it this way or that way. Then when the day arrives that our kids ask us where potatoes or milk or in fact any of our daily food come from, we’ll likely struggle to provide our children with answers.

Open Farm Sunday

Families enjoying tractor and trailer rides at Northney farm’s Open Farm Sunday event

But why bother explaining to children where their food comes from? Well, because actually it can be great fun discovering how farmers produce our food. Children have a natural fascination for animals, farms, tractors and the countryside and all that fascination can be channeled to engage them in amazing stories about the work of food producers.

A lot of the food we buy doesn’t always resemble the produce it was made from. A square shaped crisp looks nothing like a potato. Making food facts fun is best done visually through engaging stories or videos. Explaining that potatoes grow in long straight ‘bulks’ under the soil isn’t easy for children to picture let alone understand the complex farming processes that are employed to grow them. Getting milk from a herd of cows into the cartons that we buy is an involved process, again, best explained visually.

Children absorb and remember information best when it’s presented in a visual and fun way and especially when adults interact with the child. When you next sit down to a meal with children, try playing the ‘Where does it come from?’ game with them and explore the story behind the food you are eating.

When Trevor Johnson from Hampshire bought our book ‘Big Pink Tongues’ and our DVD ‘Where They Milk Cows’ for his grandson, he posted the following on the Show Me A Farm Facebook page: “Packets, boxes, cartons & tins are a source of transport, production and marketing. Vegetables do not grow in supermarkets, they grow in the ground and fish swim in the sea and don’t come ready packed in ice on a counter. Meat comes from animals that live in fields and on farms. We don’t want our children growing up not knowing where a carrot, chicken or milk comes from and this is why I believe ‘Show Me A Farm’ is an important learning tool for families and schools alike to educate our children and future generations in a method that is both interesting and fun!”

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Show Me A Farm Books & DVDs

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The true story of two cows and their newborn calves, Cha Cha & Bubbles, and their lives on a dairy farm.

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See life 'behind the scenes' for a herd of prize winning Ayrshire cows. From milking to tail-trimming, from babies to bulls!

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This DVD is full of farming action that will delight any child mad on tractors and machinery used to prepare, plant and harvest crops!