From later this year we will be running FREE educational access visits for schools. We are just waiting for the go ahead from Natural England.
Once our renovations are complete [will be updated here] schools and teachers may apply for our Teachers Pack which will explain all about the farm, including our risk assessment, and exactly what is on offer for all the key stages.
We can cater for classes of UP to 30 children, but find that larger numbers detract from the learning experience.
There will be a purpose-built classroom unit, two disabled toilets, good hand washing facilities and a large covered trailer for passengers.
The farm is currently organic with arable crops, beef cows, sheep and one dairy cow. Demonstrations may include, milking, milling, bread and butter making, cheese and yogurt making. Pond dipping and woodland beetle hunts are also available.
We like to make the experience as ‘hands on’ as possible with a chance to join in with many of these activities, especially bread making. There is a large professional oven in part of the classroom so it should be possible, depending on the programme chosen, for the children to join in and help make bread to take back to school afterwards.
When booking we like to know as much as possible about your aims and objectives so we can match our programme to your needs. Farming is seasonal and weather dependent so each programme is different. For local Kent schools we would like to build up good links and hold visits right through the year. For example start in the autumn and see the fields planted and follow right though the growing season to harvest.
The visits are free however you will need to arrange and pay for your own transport. Natural England make a small payment to us which covers the costs of your visit.