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Blogs | Apr 2024

April update from Jamie’s Farm Skipton

Another busy month of day visits at Jamie’s Farm Skipton!

Upper Wharfedale School are back with us on Mondays this term. It has been brilliant getting to know more wonderful young people from our closest partner school, nestled in the stunning Yorkshire National Park.

Co-op Academy Grange continue their work with us on Tuesdays, bringing wonderful energy and passionate games of Empire to the farm. We were chuffed to hear that Dallam School from Cumbria would be joining us on Wednesdays, having previously been to our Hereford farm. We look forward to spending more time with this great bunch. Thursdays bring us Co-op Academy Priesthorpe, who round off our week with smiles, fun and laughter.

Ben was lucky enough to visit a group from Upper Wharefedale School that he didn’t get a chance to meet during their time on the farm. They were an absolute delight, welcoming both him and Mark to their beautiful school, catching up on memories and bombarding them with interesting questions. Ben also visited Co-op Academy Beckfield and enjoyed sitting in on part of a lesson about future careers. One young person even said they wanted to be a farmer!

A young person from Co-op Academy Grange spoke to us as soon as they arrived one day, telling us that knowing he was coming to Jamie’s Farm on a Tuesday helped get him through a tough week at school, and that he wants to work on a farm as soon as he is able to. We think they would make an amazing farmer and Mark would love to have them as an apprentice when they are old enough! This young person oozes the Jamie’s Farm values, turning up with a fantastic positive attitude each week, always greeting everyone with a huge smile and a handshake, generously offering to help people by making toast and clearing plates. We hope they keep being awesome and know that they are a natural farmer!

The sheep are enjoying being back out in the fields after lambing, although there are still some mothers to be taking shelter in the sheds. Everyone has their fingers or hooves crossed for some more sunny weather so the fields can finally dry out.

Bottle feeding lambs has proved to be the most popular job on the farm this month, and we can understand why! Seeing their little tails wagging whilst they drink their milk would melt even the coldest of hearts. We’ve also been excited to see some blossom appearing on the trees in our orchard, signalling what is to come.

The team welcomed two new volunteers to the farm this month, Alison and Tabitha. We are really looking forward to working alongside both of them during this and future terms, and are so grateful for the help our volunteers so selflessly provide.