October 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm
Farm Club worked really hard on Monday clearing beds in the polytunnel (as it was raining). We had a ‘who can find the longest root?’ competition and snacked on some of the last french beans. We also enjoyed tasting some yellow tomatoes. We discovered an interesting beetle, later identified as a green shield bug.
September 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm
We are delighted to welcome two hives onto the farm in a wonderful partnership with two of our parents – Nicole and Susan – who were looking for a site for their hobby. The school benefits from the educational opportunities of having the hives on the grounds, whilst the farm will benefit – presumably – from improved rates of pollination. Susan and Nicole have already run a number of class-based sessions, including an observation hive, and the school is ‘buzzing’ with enthusiasm for our new additions. Brilliant.
July 14, 2014 at 3:58 pm
Today was the last Farm Club of this academic year.
CT watered the salad bar; she had to lift the watering can up high!
We also watered the cucumbers and peppers. The peppers needed a cane to lean against and some beans needed string to the ceiling.
The main job was to collect fruit for our treat!
We went back to the Farm Classroom and had strawberries, loganberries, blackcurrants and pink gooseberries with ice cream! Delicious!
June 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm
At Farm Club this week, we checked on the polytunnel and found lots of plants needed watering – especially our salad bar! Some children watered and fed the plants and we did a bit of weeding. We noticed that the broad beans are approaching harvest time – will they be ready in a week or two? We each had two lovely strawberries to eat – picked fresh.
We got some of the tomatoes that we had potted up a month ago and planted them outside in a spare raised bed. They looked rather neglected and sad – let’s see if they recover.
Four children went to clean out the chickens. Josh was great at sweeping out the coop and we replaced the wood shavings with straw left over from the Camp-Over. We added some diatom powder to combat the risk of red mite.
We worked hard at times but also had a good chat. It was hot, and we found out that the hottest day ever on Earth was 57 degrees centigrade!
June 16, 2014 at 10:07 pm
The club worked really hard this afternoon and spent most of the time weeding. We did some weeding of our rhubarb plantation and our planned pumpkin patch. We had to keep weed seeds out of our compost. We used a hoe when we could, but most of the time it was hand pulling. We also tried to be kind and weeded a couple of plots from the Community Gardens – we hope they are pleased!
As a treat at the end we went to visit the chickens and fed them some corn. Mr Sharp was with us this week and he enjoyed the chickens bit best!
What I like best is just ‘pottering’ around the garden and chatting in the sunshine… Farm Club children are great company and we have a very pleasant time talking as we work. We had to concentrate today to make sure that we spotted the weeds amongst the crops and we learnt to identify quite a few different plants – welcome and unwelcome! We tried to find long ‘tap roots’.
June 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm
Having planted it a month ago, our Salad Bar was open for business – in fact the rocket had already started to ‘go to seed’. These girls tucked in. More has been planted.
We did a lot of watering today and we gave the plants a liquid feed. We noticed our first ‘tiger toms’ and a big cucumber! We transplanted the cucumbers and some other plants into beds in the polytunnel.
We ate a pod of raw peas each and some people no doubt had some chives ( a favourite of Farfield children).
Here we have a great picture of CT doing some independent planting of tomatoes and peppers – what a fantastic young gardener!