Time is flying by and though we have been dodging quite a few spring showers, we are holding out for the warmer weather to come.
Last month we had the opportunity to welcome a group of young adults from Warwickshire Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children. Highlights of this visit included their hard work taking ewes out to the field with the tricky task of matching the lambs to the ewes, and some impressive log chopping. The time on the farm also ignited a real passion for animal welfare in one young person whose dream is to one day own her farm and support others to understand the value of caring for animals. As the majority of the young people were observing Ramadan, it was a real privilege to be part of breaking fast and everyone enjoyed some incredible food that the group took so much care in making.
After Easter, we welcomed All Saints Academy and their young people who really embraced the week showing lots of love to the last lambs to be born and an ability to reflect on themselves and what they wanted for their future.
Our very intense lambing season has finally come to an end with little lambs running around on all of our fields. The farm continues, however, to be busy with calving which is generating lots of excitement for the groups of young people coming through the farm. We are also collecting goose eggs and eagerly awaiting the hatching of new goslings, so watch this space!
Thank you to our recent residential volunteers. David spent a week of his Easter break gardening, farming and being taught card games and a bit of Arabic by the incredible group from Warwickshire UASC. Lucy also took time off work to join us, fully embracing the week and bringing lots of her knowledge on farming to connect with the group. We are also thankful as ever to our regular volunteer Katie who comes along to the farm with such positivity, openness, and generosity that she is able to seamlessly become part of the team on Wednesdays.
At this time of the year, there is lots of work to be done in the garden and we are always looking for people who can volunteer to help tend to this wonderful space. Please see the volunteer gardener role we have advertised on our jobs page if you are interested!