Farm visits for schools and groups of all ages.

If you are looking for a farm in your area to host a school visit please get in touch with the Manx NFU office who can help facilitate this by putting you in touch with the right farm in the right place that meets the needs of your learning requirements.

Currently some farms charge a nominal fee to cover the labour costs of a school visits but this will change with the introduction of a scheme from DEFA in early 2021 which will help farms cover the costs of hosting a school visit.

Types of farm;

  • dairy
  • mixed livestock
  • sheep
  • beef
  • hill farming
  • vegetables
  • arable and cereal (wheat, barley, oats etc)
  • greenhouses – horticulture

All farms have environmental areas for carbon sequestration and GHG emissions reduction as well as areas set aside for trees and wildlife.  Some farms also have areas of special scientific interest on them (ASSI’s) which have been recognised internationally.

For All Farm Visits

It is essential that teachers make a pre-visit if they have not been before, when risk assessment can be carried out and the visit content and potential for follow up work can be discussed.

Whilst having fun is part of any trip, as a teacher you also need to be thinking about what you want your class to take away from the experience. A clear set of learning objectives will make sure your children do not miss out on getting the most from their time at the farm, while also making your job of follow-up work when you are back in the classroom much easier.


A farm visit will allow pupils to better understand the ways in which farms operate, but there are many additional topics and subjects that you can build upon to make the most of your time. Some of the more popular topics that schools choose to study while visiting a farm include the life cycles of plants and animals, the farm through the seasons, our relationship with the foods we eat, and food miles.

As well as providing our food, farms and farmers are custodians of the countryside, and play a very important role in the management of our country’s land and natural resources.

Topics you may choose to study include countryside management, sustainable development, diversification, economies, politics of agriculture and of course Biosphere

Manx NFU office;

  • 662204

We also recommend using the resources available free of charge from the NFU in  England and Wales.

Welcome to NFU Education

As a small team of former teachers, we understand the challenges faced by the profession so all our resources and initiatives have been designed with three main goals in mind:

  • To save teachers time and reduce workload
  • To spark learners’ passion and enthusiasm for STEM subjects
  • To convey important messages about food, farming and nutrition through a cross-curricular, project-based approach

Browse our site to find high quality primary STEM teaching resources and projects that are closely linked to the National Curriculum.

The Manx NFU are hiring. Membership secretary/Administrative assistant - 16hrs per week.

Job advertisement; posted 14th September 2020

Closing date for applications 1st October 2020 – all applicants will be notified of progress after this date.

Membership Secretary/Administrative Assistant to the Manx NFU.

Salary negotiable.

Applications to be made by way of covering letter and CV emailed to If you have any further questions about the role please email or call 662204 and ask to speak to Andrew Cooper.


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Update for potato growers

Update for potato growers.

There may still be diquat out on farm and to ensure everyone is aware of the current legislation we felt it appropriate to share the following information.

If anyone has purchased diquat recently or since the cut off date below they should return it to the supplier and ask for a refund.

Last year, the Chemicals Regulation Division of the Health and Safety Executive in …

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I M Paton fund application page

The Ian M Paton fund was created in 2019 by a legacy from the estate of the late Mr. Ian M Paton who died in 2016.

Mr. Paton was a keen supporter of manx agriculture and the Isle of Man; he was especially interested in supporting young farmers and all types of agricultural engineering.


Ian M Paton

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Farm Safety advice – what a good farm looks like

View this email in your browser What a good farm looks like – PDF booklet What a good farm looks like – farm safety advice.

Its that time of year, no school for the next 7 weeks and the children, grandchildren or even walkers with children could be passing through or …

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Manx NFU and Manx Wildlife Trust memorandum of understanding

Manx National Farmers Union and the Manx Wildlife Trust came together today to sign a memorandum of understanding aiming to deliver better collaboration between the two organisations.


Andrew Cooper & Tim Johnston from MNFU with Viv Davies & Leigh Morris from MWT

MWT and the Manx National Farmers Union came together today to si

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Wayleaves and access MNFU & Manx Telecom – 2016

Copy of the memorandum of understanding between the Manx NFU and Manx Telecom.


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Plastic Scheme restarts in May

I can confirm the following arrangements for May’s farm plastic scheme:


Date Venue Opening times 7th & 8th May 2020 Kerrow Moar Croft, Lezayre 8:00 to 16:00 11th, 12th & 13th May 2020 DCS site Sunny Bank Foxdale 8:00 to 16:00

Also please ask them under the current circumstances to remain in their vehicle until instructed otherwise by site operatives and remind them Social Distancing applies at all times.

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Covid-19 farm sign, be responsible on farmland.

Following on from recent events we have worked together to devise an advisory sign suitable for farm use.

The MNFU will be following it up with a press release and Insp Gavin Callow will cover it on social media.

It has been confirmed that removing or defacing signs is criminal damage.

The majority of people are acting responsibly in the countryside …

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