October 26, 2018 at 10:13 pm
Our new pigs have created quite a stir and have settled in very well. They particularly enjoy looking for windfall apples that the children have hidden around their enclosure. The pigs are of the heritage Gloucester Old Spot breed that used to be kept in orchards and, according to folklore, their black spots are bruises from falling apples. They are the perfect breed for Farfield Farm.
Through keeping the pigs, the children will learn more about the provenance of their food and issues around animal welfare. We will be investing in information boards for outside the enclosure. The pigs will not be pets and will only be with us for 9 months. The pigs will have a life twice as long as modern commercially-reared breeds and will have a truly free range life.
Children will go into the enclosures during farming sessions if they wish (and whilst the pigs are small). They will feed the pigs and can stroke their backs. Everyone must keep their hands away from the pigs’ snout and mouth. If a person touches the pigs, they should use the hand-wash on the fence to sterilise their hands on the way out. Children don’t need to use the handwash if they haven’t touched the pigs.
Families are very welcome to go into the viewing area before or after school, but please DO NOT feed the pigs anything at that time. Juniors can go into the viewing area at playtime but, again, should not feed the pigs.
October 11, 2018 at 1:43 pm
Thanks to a generous donation from Friends of Farfield PTA, we now have a fabulous fruit press (and crusher) in the greenhouse. Usually this is being used to generate lots of freshly-pressed apple juice. On Monday, though, Farm Club took advantage of a vintage harvest and created fresh grape juice! Fabulous!
September 22, 2018 at 10:05 am
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!
September 22, 2018 at 9:56 am
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.
April 28, 2018 at 10:30 am
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.
March 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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.