Is there a better place to be than a Sussex farm in the springtime? The birds are singing, the blossom is bursting through, and Jamie’s Farm Lewes has been ringing to the sounds of newborn lambs, the chatter of excitable young people, and the scent of freshly cooked pizza wafting through the air.
We’ve had a lovely month of visits here with young people from London, Surrey and Sussex – there has been a lot to do! We were delighted to welcome our first group from Wandsworth Virtual School in February, who really impressed us with their can-do attitude in helping to move our outdoor pizza oven project closer to completion. We were also delighted to welcome St Paul’s Way Trust School back to the farm, who always bring such joy and energy to the farm. It was a brilliant week full of laughter and lambing.
Broadwater School returned to the farm this month. They helped with the huge task of knocking down a concrete wall in our current barn, creating a new space for our lambs to bed up. It was a titanic effort by the young people and Charlotte, our Farm Manager.
As if that wasn’t enough, we also had a flying visit from the Jamie’s Farm Ambassadors at the end of February. It was great to see how they have developed and grown as a group over the past six months, and they brought a great deal of joy to the farm.
It’s felt like a lovely month of renewal on the farm as we gear up for the summer ahead. We were however very sad to say goodbye to Arthur, our Apprentice, who has completed his apprenticeship and is moving on to new challenges. First visiting Jamie’s Farm with his school when he was 14 years old, Arthur has been a part of the charity for a long time, and we are sad to see him go. Congratulations Arthur and good luck!