Farfield Farm Blog

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Winter harvesting

February 20, 2018 at 5:35 pm


We have still been managing to harvest during the winter period: leeks, parsnips, kale, the odd cabbage that the birds didn’t get and the ubiquitous Jerusalem artichokes! There are some lovely happy faces in this gallery of photos from this afternoon: and the sun even shone!

This week we have started the new season sowing with the first tomatoes, calabrese and broad beans planted indoors. The farm is coming back to life!

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Planting onions and garlic to over-winter

November 4, 2017 at 7:24 am


We don’t grow much over the winter, some children have been planting onion sets and garlic to grow over the winter months. Ms Howells got a group to plant garlic on Hallowe’en, and they discussed how it could keep the vampires away…

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Harvesting Autumn 2017

November 4, 2017 at 7:21 am


The children have really enjoyed harvesting in the autumn term. Ms Howells reports that the children are working really hard: when we came back from the summer holidays, there were rather a lot of weeds but pupils have been tenacious in clearing the beds. Children of all ages have taken part in lots of harvesting activities and the produce has been sold on stalls on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Year 1 made soup for parents and all the Juniors made pasta sauce with freshly grown tomatoes. We had a good plum harvest this year and everyone picked apples: Year 1 also made baked apples. We even got some late strawberries and autumn raspberries. My personal favourite was the figs; the children seemed to most enjoy the peppery nasturtium flowers!

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Harvest Festival 2017

November 4, 2017 at 7:03 am


Farfield Farm produce was literally centre stage for the school’s Harvest Festival.

We had a guest appearance from Cabbage Comedian: the children were, frankly, a bit mean to him! A harsh audience…


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New chickens for the farm

November 4, 2017 at 6:47 am


Farm Club set off after school on Monday 3rd October to buy lots of new chickens for the school farm. Our flock had become depleted over the years due to old age, and very sadly a number were killed by travellers when they set up a site next to the school.

We went to Hinchcliffe’s Farm past Huddersfield to buy our chickens: we got some Light Sussex, Colombian Black tip, commercial hybrid, White Star and Rhode Rock. We also bought a special bird called a Cheshire Blue that is laying very special blue eggs!  Four of the chickens were sponsored by families.

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Some photos from July work with Year 3

July 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm


Year 3 children were busy harvesting on Wednesday and looking after the crops. Were there any pesky caterpillars on our cabbages? Are all the carrots orange?  Ms Howells reported that they were all great workers – as usual!

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