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.
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
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.