The farm is a valuable teaching environment that can provide positive and enjoyable learning experiences. It is essential however, to be aware of microbes associated with the farm environment, some of which can be harmful to humans, to ensure that farm visits are enjoyable and safe.
Farm animals can sometimes carry microbes that are useful and harmless to the animal, but can make us very ill if they get inside our body. Some examples of these harmful microbes are E. coli, Salmonella and Campylobacter.
Section 2.4, Farm Hygiene, teaches students that the farm environment is home to both useful and harmful microbes. Students learn through group discussion, ‘social networking’, and a farm journey board game, the risks and benefits of various farm microbes.