We deliver training projects for adult students with learning disabilities. Students develop skills in a range of areas including horticulture, retail, cooking, crafts, animal care and basic maintenance.
Paul is doing an excellent job of cleaning out the duck house with volunteer Pat and new volunteer Stephanie. We were all pleased to see the new born lambs, especially Harry and Rachel.
Moishe commented "I enjoy working with Claire's team at best farm. I am happy at Surrey Docks Farm."
Plot to Shop
The students welcomed visitors from Camden Society's Mill Lane Gardening Project to have a tour of the Farm and find out more about the Plot to Shop project. We hope to go and visit their gardens this summer.
Plot to Shop have been working on a new project to increase their sales. They will be testing their DIY skills to build a new 'garden centre' outside the Farm Shop. Here the students will sell modules containing young plants they have been growing from seed, for example bedding plants, flowers and vegetables including tomatoes, lettuces etc. Make sure you visit in April to see their handy work and buy your plants!
The New Leaf polytunnel has been a hive of activity over the last couple of months! James has created a row of hot beds on the opposite side of the biodigester. The beds are filled with woodchip and waste coffee granules and 'watered' with the biodigester effluent. We use this mixture to help create a sterile compost. The bark works instead of peat, allowing air into the compost and we just add sand to the mix, before bagging to sell in our Farm Shop.
The hot bed heats really do heat up, often reaching 50 degrees in the centre! This has meant the New Leaf students can grow tomato plants outside in the polytunnel much earlier this year.
The students have been busy baking including loganberry crumble, fruit cake and onion focaccia. Harry and Monica made a spicy squash chutney and Paul continued the theme of marbling with his delicious chocolate and vanilla cake and handmade cards.
Congratulations to Hugh, our Moo Crew Coordinator, who is now a Dad!
While Hugh's been off parenting, James has been working with the Moo Crew team. Lou has been looking after the donkeys, mucking out and taking them for a walk. The group have been getting the new pig house reading for Esther our sow to move over. Jordan enjoys working with Matt cleaning the goat house. Everyone enjoyed a visit and cuddle with the lambs!