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.
Plot to Shop
The students have been busy making some amazing hanging baskets and table decorations using holly from the Farm. They will be selling them at our Christmas Fair so make sure you check out their stall near the main gate!
The group have also been carrying out their usual gardening tasks. They've cleared leaves; planted more meteor peas, garlic, beans; sowed winter lettuce and cleared their tomatoes from the polytunnel.
Youth Construction Trust visited to donate a table they had made for the Farm. Plot to Shop students welcomed the carpentry students and team. The table looks brilliant and will be great to use once the warmer weather returns!
The students have been very busy in preparation for the coming Christmas Fair. They have harvested lots of quinces from our orchard and produced quince jam, jellies and cheeses in our farm kitchen. They also produced some marrow and green tomato chutneys along with the traditional lemon curd. The team will also be selling some of their craft work including cards and candles.
The team are learning to work with the donkeys, ducks and Shetland pony. They've been spending the afternoons in the warmth of the animal room cuddling and grooming rabbits and guinea pigs, which is a very enjoyable job to do!
Students have planted their winter crops of broad beans, onions and garlic in their beds by the Thames path. They are also busy with Christmas Fair preparation - this time making bases for the wreaths. They will all make one of their own to take home too! There has been some serious pruning of the hedges, particularly behind the duck pond. The students have helped carry the cuttings down to the yard to provide enrichment for our goats.
It's been a busy few weeks for Moo Crew. We were delighted to welcome two new members to the group, Tevin and Tobi who have come via the Michael Tippet College in Balham.
The group has been busy working on a mix of animal and maintenance tasks. This week the whole group got stuck in helping to lay sand between the gaps of the cobbles leading to our new livestock tool area. Lots of planning has been made for tasks for the rest of the year with DIY being top of the list!
Kieron has started to work with Jordan and Matt clearing out the goat house while Lou continues to be our Donkey Champion. Tevin and Tobi are happy to muck in where needed. Much talk about working with the sheep in the coming weeks. Lets hope the rain stays off.