Dozens of farms have opened their doors to schools in an attempt to teach children about agriculture and the countryside.
More than 25 farmers in the West Midlands have been trained to accept school visits in the past year as part of an initiative to increase schools' access to farmland.
But as farmers are eager to open their doors to more visitors, organisations are still struggling to encourage schools to take part in farm visits.
The most recent figures show an 11 per cent drop nationwide in school visits to farms between 2000 and 2004, with 50,000 less pupils enjoying the privilege.
Warwickshire-based group Farming and Countryside Education, which has been training farmers in preparation for school visits, has launched a pilot project in the West Midlands in a bid to halt the decline.
FACE is sending out seed potatoes and garden vouchers to 50 primary schools in the region so that pupils can grow their own food.
It hopes the initiative, which can be included in the curriculum as a maths-based project, will encourage teach-ers to take children out to farms to see how potatoes are grown on a wider scale.
Brian Hainsworth, regional education co-ordinator for FACE, said: "Farmers are keen to show the public and children what farming is and trying to reconnect with food they eat.
"A lot of farmers are very keen and some have already had 25 visits last year. It has been wonderful to hear those who have really thrown themselves into it.
"However this is only half the battle, the real challenge is to encourage teachers to take pupils onto farms.
"A lot of teachers I speak to are very keen but for every one of those there are others that are busy doing something else. It is hard but we are trying to make them realise they can teach a lot of the curriculum on the farm."
FACE is running the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme for farmers across the country. Farmers can then open up their land to schools free of charge, recouping costs from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Some farms in the region are already looking at converting farm buildings into classrooms to make them more attractive to schools.
Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight said farm visits helped children appreciate the countryside and lead them towards healthier diets.
He said: "It seems there is a tendency for young people to have a negative view of life in the countryside, even though they understand some of the benefits it can have for their physical and mental wellbeing. We need to challenge and change that perception, not least because it is vital to the future of our rural areas.
"An improved understanding is one of the key elements to protecting the countryside and stimulating people to experience the pleasure and freedom it brings is the best way to get them to value it."