Thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund we have been able to run a project with local families, giving children and parents the chance to get out of the house and take a well-needed break.
We have worked with six families (one at a time!) and it’s been great to hear giggles as the sheep have been fed, watch amazed faces at the sight of our new fluffy chicks (one family got to see one in the incubator as it started trying to hatch – we were glued to it like the telly), invent new water play with buckets and leftover guttering from the kitchen, and find all sorts of bugs and insects even in the depths of Winter.
We’ve also learned to make fire, and besides warming chilly hands we’ve made hot chocolate (of course), toffee apples, pancakes (flipped by the children, yesss) and even two very professional cheese omelettes.
The wildlife and plant life hasn’t been missed out either – we made the farm’s first tracking tunnel so we can start to better monitor the prints of visiting wildlife (a badger stole all the food on our first attempt… we’re going to have to outwit it), put up bird feeders, cleared duckweed from the pond and mulched garlic beds.
The children have loved it and parents commented that it’s been pretty good for them, too, so we are very glad to have been able to share the farm with the community through these tricky few months. More than one child has been heard to say “I wish I could live here!” – that’s good enough for us.
by Emma Hood, Session Lead