Details about our young farmers 8-13 Saturday group 9.30am - 12.30pm cost £5, also news about volunteering and supporting the project.
Contact / sign up form for young farmers
There are many ways to support the project which helps young people with learning and welbeing this can be by volunteering, donating animal feed or building materials, fundraising and foraging. So this year 2018 you have a chance to earn credits called, eggs, seeds & pallets to get rewarded with badges. For example 1hr volunteering gives you one virtual egg. Collect 25 you get your chick badge. Donate a bag of animal feed and get 10 virtual seeds. Collect 50 to get your calf badge. Bare with me while this develops and watch the video to learn a little bit more. Its the start of an idea *smile*
Of course the work never stops on a farm even over the festive period and we are pleased that students have volunteered to help with the animal care. Its hard work but very rewarding. We run a Saturday club for young people aged 8-13 and we have volunteers who help develop the farm & help with our animals, crops, mechanical, wood workshop, orchard and wildflower area. If you would like to find out more you are welcome to come down and take a look at volunteering and our Saturday young people club. This will be on the 30 December between 11am-3pm. If interested please drop us a line as we have limited numbers and its only open to people who have booked in.
A chance to hear what its like on the farm early morning as the animals wake up & feeding starts. Just press play.
We welcome farm visit but please let us know before you come we work with some vulnerable groups so its important for us to know of your visit. Also please respect our guidelines this video will help *smile*
Well done to our star student Paige who raised money via our volunteers to take in 20 rescue hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust. Paige had help to build a large enclosure with pallets donated by Sydenhams of Devizes. Other students Sophie, Owen & Olivia helped with the enclosure and making sure all was good for their arrival last Saturday.Thanks to some TLC the hens are laying a few eggs & enjoying some much needed sunshine. Paige hopes to take in more rescue hens, if you can help raise funds for more hens pleased get in touch or donated via our PayPal on the left or contact British Hen Welfare Trust to adopt your own rescue hens via their website > http://www.bhwt.org.uk/ *smile*
It was great to welcome Phil & Mark from Devizes fantasy radio to the farm who hosted their 7-9pm evening show live at the farm. It was a chance to talk to our volunteers and animals. With Cuthbert our goose being one of the animal stars. Looking forward to a return visit next year. http://www.fantasyradio.co.uk
We are very grateful to everyone who have donated tools to the projects and we are always looking for more for our students to use. Today as it was a blustery and wet day the team started building a tool bar in the middle of the barn. We can now find our wheel barrows, forks, shovels and brushes. Our students also worked on levelling the floor in the stable where we do our craft. Of course if you have tools you can donated please let us know *smile*
Great to have local support from so many people and organisations. Our project is built on donations of old, used or not wanted materials. From this our students make something out of nothing, amazing what can be achieved by using pallet wood and other donated materials. Sydnehams & Headlights of Devizes give us pallets and the students strip them down to make raised beds, gates and so much more. Of course what we can't use we burn in our wood burner.
At the moment we are looking for old corrugated metal sheets to build larger shelters for our goats who certainly do not like the rain.goats need a larger shelter
The start of a pallet fence built by our Saturday team.
Greetings - just doing some updates to the website and found no news on the website for ages! but of course daily updates on our facebook group, which is hidden but you can join by contacting us. So much happens on a daily basis and so many people to thank. Good today to sign off papers for some of our Lackham students who have been doing work experience for the last 7 months. Its good that students can get a hands on experience with the many aspects of farming and of course working through the various seasons. We wish them well though all have asked to continue with the volunteering.
The wet weather today is good for ducks but not for goats and we are looking for corrugated metal sheets for more goat shelters of course we do not need new. Wel off to do the milking.... thanks for reading *smile*