We apologise for the delay in blogging; however, we like to keep you updated about the farm so here is the latest news.
Over the past term we have had 4 school visits to the farm, ranging from year R to year 6. The feedback we’ve had has been brilliant from both staff and children. Rosie, Jane and Nathan have led the sessions with Steve dipping in and out as he goes about farming.
The appeal is the reality of the situation we’re in. We are a real working farm. This gives children the opportunity to apply what they learn in school out on the farm for a purpose. A group of year 3/4 children measured out food to give to the sheep – this purposeful learning is our vision for the education centre. We have another 14 visits booked throughout the rest of the year and would be keen to invite more. If you know of a local school who would be interested, please give them my email address firstname.lastname@example.org .
More news; the new agricultural building is nearly done, concrete is down and the walls are going up, we just now need to add in the gates and gale breakers. We have lots of ideas for the building; it will be used for sheep during lambing and for machinery and other bits during the rest of the year. The building will also be used for taking children under-cover on wet farm school days! Where they will still be out on the farm but slightly more sheltered.
The sheep are doing well, the boys have done their work and we are now waiting in anticipation for the next 5 months as the ladies grow. We are hoping to scan the ewes towards the end of this month which will give us a clearer view of how many lambs to expect from each ewe. We hope for 2 lambs each, one big lamb is also good however; triplets are not such good news as the ewes can’t cope with 3 lambs.
The crops are in the ground, but the slugs have been a nuisance. The wet, mild weather has made the season tricky to get out on the land. So please be praying for dry weather!
You have now been brought up to date on all things current on the farm! Have a good Christmas and we will blog again soon!