Farms for City Children is a charity that offers urban children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week at a time on a real farm in the heart of the countryside.
It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo and his wife Clare founded Farms for City Children at Nethercott House in Devon in 1976. We now have three working farms, where we welcome around 3,000 children and 400 teachers a year.
The farm experience is, for many children, a world away from their daily lives. It is the first time they have experienced a sky full of stars, a natural horizon, fields of grazing animals, or wide-open spaces. They live as part of a large ‘family’ and are well-fed and cared for in a homely, child-centred environment.