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.
This month we talked about what we like doing best. Paul's favourite job is cleaning out the duck house, he's become a real expert at it. Harry is always reminding us that the water trough in the yard needs to be kept nice and clean and topped up with fresh, delicious water. Rachel loves bonding with Keira the Miniature Shetland Pony. She does this by cleaning her stable and leading her on walks. Moishe likes to be flexible and putting in all his effort to whatever job needs doing on the day.
Plot to Shop
March is one of the busiest months in the gardening calendar. The Plot to Shop group has been working really hard pricking out all the young seedlings sown earlier in the year. The polytunnel is overflowing with heritage tomatoes, peppers, chillis, aubergines and cucumbers ready for sale very soon.
We have started planting outside this month, using horticultural fleece to protect the young seedlings from any late frost. Check out our raised beds for lettuces, chard, spinach, salad leaves, beetroot, kale and cauliflowers as well as our autumn sown peas, broad beans, garlic and onions.
The shelves for our new garden centre are now completed thanks to some fantastic DIY skills and a lot of hard work from the students. This is a new initiative for the group - for the first time we have been growing lots of spring bedding plants to sell outside the Farm Shop, as well as our fruit and veg. We hope you will support the project by buying young plants from us to stock your garden, patio or windowsills!
The students have been weeding and clearing their beds ready for the new growing season. The broad beans and peas are doing well and are now in flower. We've been selling lots of compost made by the New Leaf team through the Farm Shop.
Jordan, Michael and David have planted their potatoes and Michael also planted out the first cauliflower and lettuce.
The polytunnel is full of young plants that the students have pricked out to start preparing for the plant stall at our Spring Fair in May. We'll have lots of tomatoes, as well as lettuce, cauliflower, brussel sprouts etc.
The students ended this term by making pizza in the wood oven and sharing for lunch!
The students have enjoyed a busy month of baking. Harry made chocolate chip and ginger cookies, a Sicilian Scroll bread and an almond Easter rabbit cake. Monica baked some luscious lemon squares, an Easter lamb cake and french onion soup. Paul made Irish soda bread, rhubarb, gooseberry and ginger jam and St Patrick Day themed fairy cakes.
Harry and Monica have been working with batik, Harry decorated a silk scarf and made a bag for mothers day and Monica decorated a tote bag. Paul and Harry made an Easter basket using decorated duck eggs.
What a month it's been! Lou has been getting to know Herbie the cow's routine and cleaning out his house. Kieron has been gaining confidence working with our donkeys and is adept at hoof picking. Our dynamic duo Jordan and Matt have been helping the livestock team deep clean the goat house. Tevin and Toby have been working with Dylan out prized boar and have been putting in the muscle on the muck heap.