Farfield Farm Blog

Fresh air and goodness for the community of Farsley Farfield Primary School

Barclays’ superstars support the farm again

October 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm


Our great friends at Barclays visited the school again and spent a day working on the farm. 13 volunteers worked all day and made a fabulous impact. They removed some old, rotten compost bins and installed two new ones. The used special perforated hose to create an irrigation system in the polytunnel, cut down a willow hedge and partially cleared the fruit cage. Most impressively, they cleared paths, laid new membrane and gravelled around the main area of raised beds. Their efforts – and Barclays’ generous cash donation – has really given the farm a big boost. In return, they got a warm welcome, a curry for lunch, some freshly pressed apple juice, a day of camaraderie, exercise and fresh air and a great sense of achievement – a fine day all-round!

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Another successful family farm session

August 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm


About 40 children and adults were on the farm this afternoon as we held our second family session this holiday. It was hot as we weeded and watered and harvested. Everyone got ‘stuck in’ and the children confidently tried a range of fruit and vegetables. We harvested some huge peppers that had a wonderful fresh scent.

William smelling a freshly harvested pepper

Other harvests included potatoes, onions (some whoppers), courgettes, tomatoes (inc some ‘Big Daddy’), figs, carrots, blackberries, plums, apples, beetroot, runner beans, French beans and kale. At the end of the session we tasted some of the produce and then families took bags of fruit and vegetables home. Everyone worked hard and left the farm much more ready for the new term. Well done and thanks to all the families and to Ms Howells, Mrs Elam and Miss Gregory for supporting the event.

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Successful Family Holiday Session on Farm

August 5, 2019 at 9:33 pm


On Monday 5th August we had a successful couple of hours with a group of families watering, weeding, planting and harvesting. Everyone got ‘stuck in’ and we had a bountiful harvest (despite forgetting to cut the kale). At the end we sat around and discussed each vegetable and families helped themselves to big bag fulls of produce. We harvested broad beans, runner beans, French beans (so many!), beetroot, plums, potatoes, courgettes, carrots and peppers.

Thank you to everyone for their great efforts: a real help during the holidays. We will have another session at the end of August to get ready for the new term. The tomatoes should be ready by then…

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A summer of hard work and fun

August 5, 2019 at 9:25 pm


Every day Ms Howells is delighted by the hard work shown by the children on the farm. We have had another successful summer term despite some indifferent weather at times. Everything seems a few weeks behind last year when we had that long, hot summer. We have already had some lovely harvests including plenty of strawberries – the children’s favourites!

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Team work and perseverance gets there in the end!

May 6, 2019 at 4:31 pm


Ms Howells often reports how well and how hard the children have worked on the farm. These photos show three boys from Y5 working so hard to harvest whopping parsnips earlier this year. They got there in the end!

Year 3: these are whopping tap roots that hold the plant in the ground really firmly. Like carrots, we can eat these tap roots.

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Famous pigs growing well but causing a furore!

May 6, 2019 at 4:16 pm


Our pigs seem to be growing happily, blissfully unaware of the controversy around them.

Sadly, our pigs project has upset some people and has been the focus of a huge amount of media interest recently: in this country and around the world! As a German journalist stated today: “the pigs on Farfield Farm are omnipresent in the german media as well.”  We have declined all requests to appear on shows such as Jeremy Vine, Loose Women, Good Morning, BBC Breakfast and This Morning as we would prefer this story to go away.

We only co-operated with one journalist and a detailed article appeared in The Times on Saturday: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/school-farm-furore-teaches-pupils-a-valuable-lesson-in-the-power-of-porkies-6qmc5zbzw


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