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 team produced a bumper harvest in October including: leeks, squash, beetroot and salad leaves. The students are now focusing on winter crops and cleared the raised beds that held courgettes and beans to replace with aquadulche broad beans, meteor peas, kale, garlic and onions. They have saved their runner beans to sew next year.
Autumn is here and with it lots of new projects and fun in Farm Produce!
The group have made chutneys on our biodigester, some colorful batiks for cushions, lots of cooking and tidying up and we finally started the natural dyes project, which looks very promising and exciting!
The students enjoyed carving their pumpkins into faces and even made an evil pumpkin goat that has settled in the shop for Halloween... Boo!
Another busy month for the New Leaf students, including lots of harvesting, sowing and sieving compost. Tony has picked his green and red tomatoes and then cut the tomato plants down in the polytunnel. The group have planted bulbs of onion and garlic and sown peas and beans by the river. Andrew and Michael have dug up their potatoes, while Lou and Earl carved pumpkins they had grown for Halloween. The group enjoyed making pizzas in the wood oven last week!
Moo Crew & Cow Pat
Moo crew have had a busy few weeks. Jordan and Matt have been working on getting the muck heaps back in order, combined with quite a few visits to the builders to discuss football scores!
Kieron and Claire had meeting to discuss cows. Kieron is very keen to train cows to walk on the halter, plans afoot.
Victoria who supports Louise has sadly left now. Both Moo Crew and New Leaf are very sad to see her go.
The Cow Pat students are working with goats, donkeys and have given the ducks a big house cleaning which was well needed!