Winter is coming
Who are our groups aimed for?
All children 3- 11 (younger children are welcome supported by a parent/ carer). Adults of children aged 5 or over are welcome to join in the session but can drop off and pick up their children at the end of the session. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.
What are the course dates and times?
Throughout 6 weeks (on Saturday afternoons) on 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th Nov, 5th, and 12th Dec 2020 between 14.00-16.00 (2pm – 4pm)
What are Farm School groups like?
At Farm School, we, the leaders and growers co-design and follow a scheme of work based on the seasons and a child-led pedagogy that focuses on the discovery, and capitalises on the senses, logical as well as intuitive reasoning. Our activities involve the hands, hearts, and heads, and revolve around food and personal health in particular and understanding and looking after nature and the environment in general.
What will we be doing during Winter is Coming?
Throughout 6 weeks we will be:
Caring and growing as we:
- visit, feed Shillingford Organics chickens and help collect their eggs.
- sow overwinter beans and carrots, and experiment with a bed of heritage wheat variety.
-cut back finished annuals, mulch and replenish the soil in our growing area ready for the new season.
-harvest winter vegetables (celeriac, kale, brussel sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli, cabbages potatoes and leeks).
-harvest and taste the forgotten British Christmas treat - the medlars!
-go on a wildlife walk to discover how nature sustains birds and insects this time of year.
Cooking and nourishing as we:
-make kale crisps on the fire and our own probiotic rich sauerkraut!
- learn about fermentation by making sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar, and sourdough galettes (buckwheat pancakes)
- harvest and cook a seasonal, healthy seasonal meal to share on the last session.
Creating and making as we:
- harvest and dry different herbs to make herb teas, and herb salts.
- make air purifying smudge sticks from our cut and dried herbs
- make willow wreaths using natural materials for the festive season
- make natural candles using Shillingford Organics beeswax
What do I need to bring?
-Packing extra snacks, water bottles, appropriate clothing, and sun cream if needed is a requirement.
-In light of COVID-19, we would like you to bring your own hot drink flask, if you need one, and a reusable cup, bowl, and cutlery when indicated by your group leader prior to the session please.
-Bring a bag/box to take a harvest share home from our Farm School crop.
-We wish to keep our paper towel use to an absolute minimum, so please bring a small labelled (if possible) hand towel for your child to use during the session.
Who is leading my group?
Fatma and Angela (please refer to our bio in the main Farm School page here:
What have we done to reassure you during Covid-19?
1. We manage capacity
As always, we limit our capacity to 10 bookable spaces maximum per group (one or two children maximum can book accompanied by one adult only) which is a maximum of 20 adults and children at one time.
2. We run courses for the same group of people (bubble-if you like the term) every week
Each course will have the same group at the same allotted time each week for the whole 6-week half term. Spaces are available for booking, one space per child, adults don’t need to book.
3. We facilitate distancing by being outdoors in a spacious, open natural site and also by:
- Using our newly built and floored open shelter with spaced out benches and work surfaces with wipeable tops to allow enough space for each family.
- Providing a disinfectant hand gel on-site and using two spaced out handwash sinks in addition to a double washing up sink.
- Being mindful while planning for our sessions to spread participants out at work areas (weeding in separate beds, cooking and food preparation on different work surfaces, and harvesting from different plants, or alternating the tasks, for example).
What do we expect of you?
- Book your course as soon as they go online (a maximum of two children and one adult per family).
- Carefully read our handbook, and Covid-19 policy, and return booking forms by email before the start of the course, both will be sent out in a welcome email upon booking.
- Stay at home if you or anyone in your household displays symptoms of Covid-19.
- Respect Social distancing by following the guidelines in our handbook and the group leaders’ instructions.
- Bring your own gloves, bowls, water bottles/ flasks, and cutlery.
Have you got any questions for us?
Please don’t hesitate to either
- Or text us on: Fatma:07517153293
- Or message us on our Shillingford Organics Farm School FB. Page here: