Farfield Farm Blog

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Fruits of our labour

September 22, 2018 at 10:05 am

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We have been harvesting so much on the school farm!  Ms Howells reports that the new Year 3 children are proving to be very keen and hard-working farmers during their first full afternoon sessions.  We are particularly excited to have successfully grown aubergines this year: we are saving them for Harvest Festival next month.  We are a bit worried that we might not have too much else to display as we have harvested and eaten so much already!

 

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Farm sessions over the summer holidays

September 22, 2018 at 9:56 am

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This year we ran three successful farm sessions over the holidays with 25 families. The families helped weed and water the crops and then we harvested and shared the produce. The farm has never looked so good in August! Many thanks to all those that have come and helped. We harvested French beans (bags and bags of them!), runner beans, apples, plums, potatoes, figs, onions, garlic, so many tomatoes, cucumbers, beetroot, courgettes, ‘patty pan’ squash, calabrese, and blackberries.

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Brilliant volunteers from Barclays

April 28, 2018 at 10:30 am

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We are VERY grateful once again to volunteers from Barclays Bank who spent a day on the farm replacing rotten raised beds, completing some paths and erecting a new shed (paid for by two very generous family donations). Barclays also provided £500 of funding for timber, gravel and soil.

 

Does your company support volunteers days? If so, please get in touch.

 

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Is Spring coming?

March 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm

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Our greenhouse is filling up with trays and pots of seedlings; they have taken a while to germinate but they are coming…  It has been too cold to plant much in the ground, but today Ms Howells planted a few chitted first early tubers with Y4 and Farm Club rehydrated the Salad Bar, added some new soil and sowed lots and lots of spinach seeds to harvest as baby salad leaves. Here are HC and ES really concentrating as they sow.

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Winter harvesting

February 20, 2018 at 5:35 pm

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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

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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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