Farmworker badge activities

Here are some activities and challenges for you to try out at home.

These have been directly inspired by or taken from the syllabuses of the Farmworker badge.

Choose a challenge which appeals to you and have a go. There is no limit to how many challenges you can do. Do not forget to share your photos of what you have got up to with the Archive Resource Centre. You can email us at archivist@girlgguidingnorfolk.org.uk or find us on Facebook

Challenge 1 – Do you know them all?

“Know the part the following implements play in farm work: plough, harrows, Cambridge roller, flat roller, seed drill, manure distributor, horse-hoe, reaper and binder, mowing machine, tedder or swathe turner, horse rake, hay rake.”

Challenge 2 – The 1938 Farmworker syllabus states that Guides should be able to know the breeds of cattle, sheep, or pigs native to her district.

Research the breeds native to Norfolk e.g. the Red Poll and Norfolk Red Cattle. Can these breeds still be seen in Norfolk? Would you be able to recognise them on sight? Why not have a go at drawing your favourite Norfolk breed? We would love to see your drawings! The Farmworker badge also required girls to have fed calves on milk or a substitute for more than a week. If you want to know more about feeding calves check out this great video in which a modern-day farmer feeds his calves. 

Challenge 3 – During WW1 and WW2 Girl Guide units often volunteered on farms, providing agricultural labour.

This was important as many farms had a lack of male labour due to the war. Research more about this topic and the other ways in which Girl Guides helped the war effort. Challenge: can you find out how many hours of agricultural labour guides had to complete to gain their WWI War Service Badge. The website below might help!

https://lesliesguidinghistory.webs.com/guidesatwar.htm

Challenge 4 – The syllabuses state that Guides should have been involved in planting and growing.

Obviously, it’s unlikely that all of us have access to a farm! But maybe you could do some planting at home. It may be September but that does not mean you can’t get green fingered. Research what plants can be grown in September. You may need to be adaptable. If you do not have much room, think small.

Challenge 5 -In the past badges were not mass produced. Girl Guides had to sew their own badges!

Therefore, as a final challenge why not have a go at creating your own Farmworker badge. If you wanted to make a badge in the traditional design, try embroidering a circle of blue felt with this design. This website has images of all the versions of the Farmworker badge; why not explore the designs for inspiration.

https://lesliesguideinterestbadgehistory.webs.com/landworker-farmer-gd

 

 

Alternatively, you could create your own design. What would an updated Farmworker badge look like? Think about how you might incorporate elements of farming and nature into your badge design. Your badges do not necessarily have to be sewn. You could draw, paint, or use a computer. We love to see your badge creations; don’t forget to share!

Now you have completed all the activities, have a look at

My experience as a 1940s farmworker

and try Outdoor badges – Kim’s Game

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