Our wonderful Farm Club will be opening its door in our new shelter in the woodlands on Tuesday 17th September for four weeks.
Our Farm Club leader Victoria Bryant , is fully Forest School trained and designs her sessions based on the seasons, farm work that is being carried out, woodland activities and is planned using a child-led pedagogy that focuses around nature, food, the farm and the seasons.
Children will be collected from Dartington Primary School and walk up to the farm looking at wild foraging opportunities along the way. (If your children do not attend Dartington Primary please still look at booking - we can meet you at the farm or at the school)
The Farm Clubbers will carry out a number of farm based activities harvest main crop onions, tomatoes, kales, sweetcorn, apples, plums and more, they will learn about plant cycles.
The children will be able to explore the farm and woodlands and whilst taking part in lots of fun activities they will learn about food and its seasonality as well as how to look after the chickens and cows, learn about wildlife in the woodlands and on the farm and how to look after the woodlands.
We will usually cook or prepare fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks every week using the produce from the farm.
Packing extra snacks, water bottles, appropriate clothing and sun cream, hats etc is essential
The term runs for 4 weeks at a cost of £48. We can colect children from Dartingotn Primary at the end of the school day. To book please click here
Q. What is Farm Club?
A. Farm Club is a natural learning experience that connects children aged 5+ to the outdoors by engaging them in farming activities. These vary from composting, sowing, caring for and tending plants, harvesting and cooking produce to learning about the countryside's wildlife, as well as having fun playing farm related games.
Huxham Cross Farm is a biodynamic farm that believes in producing high quality food to the local community. We are also committed to passing on knoweldge and love of the countryside, land and agriculture to our children. We hope that through our Farm Club childern develop a natural curiosity for the countryside around them whilst equipping them with the skills they need to establish a life-long relationship with our land.
Our Farm Site
We have a beautiful, safe and easily accessible site; nestled between the meadow and the soft fruit trees, where we will be running most of our activities. The site is safe and has a compost toilet polytunnels, chicken coop, cows as well as running streams and planted vegetable areas.
Q: What do I need to do as a parent?
A: Drop off your children... we don't expect you to stay with your child during Farm Club, however if you feel your child may benefit from your presence in the first instance please call Rachel on 07540445851 to discuss this.
Enjoy a nice walk around our farm, and perhaps purchase some of our vegetables.
Parents are also strongly encouraged to car share, in order to minimize pollution as much as possible.
Q What will Farm Club be like?
A. We will meet at the farm gate on the Rattery Road and then make our way to the farm club site, seeing what interesting things there are to look at and harvest on the way down. Depending on the season, we'll play games, learn forest skills, forage for food, cook on an open fire, and help with fun farm tasks such as collecting eggs from our lovely chickens.
Q. What should my child wear?
A. Please ensure that your child is dressed suitably for outdoor conditions, some areas of the farm are wet so wellies and long trousers are advisable.
Q How much does it cost?
A. The sessions are charged in blocks. There will be no other costs, all equipment provided. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place. (Next term June 2018 you will be able to book online!)
Q Do I have to book?
Q Do the children have to come every week or is it a drop-in?
A. Farm Club is booked in half-term blocks. If your child misses a session we are regrettably unable to refund or offer a catch up session.