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.
The group have been getting back into the swing of things in the New Year, reviewing their learning objectives and making new plans.
Paul has mastered cleaning out the duck house. Moishe enjoys working with the sheep but is helpful wherever needed. Rachel and Harry love working with the rabbits and guinea pigs, but have progressed to working with larger more challenging animals too, especially Keira, our adorable miniature shetland pony. As Rachel says "She's a feisty one!"
It was Moishe's bithday recently and he brought in delicous pastries for us all to celebrate with him. Happy Birthday Moishe and thanks for the treats!
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The team have been working hard keeping warm outside. They spent a whole session tackling a huge pile of wood chip that had been donated from Southwark Council. Wheelbarrows were taken to spread between the youth and community allotments to keep the weeds down; while the rest of the pile was steadily pushed back into the Orchard and off the path.
This months news comes straight from the students:
Michael: "I sorted out my weeds on the farm. I will be doing the other weeds the other side of my bed tomorrow."
Louis: "I did today work on the river bed and check up broad beans and peas."
Louise: "I cut out pictures of vegetables I've chosen to grow this year: peppers, pumpkin, carrots, cucumber, cucamelons, sweetcorn, parsnips, tomatoes, radish, leeks. Today I've been planting tomato seedlings into bigger pots."
Meanwhile Tony has been very industrious sieving wood chip in the polytunnel and planting beans into pots this afternoon.
Harry and Monica have been exploring the ancient art of marbling, creating colouful patterns by sprinkling and brushing coloured inks on water, then transferring this pattern to paper. Harry continued this theme by baking a chocolate and vanilla marble cake and Paul made a savory rosemary flatbread. Paul, Monica and Harry have made some lovely moulded beeswax candles and a selection of hand decorate lanterns and storage jars. The students have also been processing hot red chillies to use in future projects.
Cold start to the New Year, but this hasn't dampened Moo Crew's spirits. Kieron has now been crowned Donkey Champion, clearing out the stables, freshening bedding and water all independently. Well done Kieron!
Our New recruits Tevin and Toby have been getting to know our animals, last week working with the sheep.
Louise has decided she would like to learn about other animals having mastered donkey work last year. She has been switching between sheep and goats and enjoys working with both.
Jordan continues to keep us all up to date with football scores while working with volunteer Matt, who after being off ill in December is back in the swing of things. Welcome back Matt!