Farfield Farm Blog

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

Brilliant volunteers from Barclays

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.


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Is Spring coming?

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.

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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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