This month, Jamie’s Farm Monmouth has welcomed back a couple of our northern Academies: Coop Academy Priesthorpe and Coop Academy Walkden. Despite the wet and blustery weather, these Jamie’s Farmers have powered through all the jobs! Highlights include moving sheep and cows, night walks in the local countryside and playing games together as a group. The young people have also been busy building two new chicken tractors (moveable chicken coops) which are moved daily behind our therapeutic horses. This means that we comply with ongoing avian flu guidelines, but it also distributes horse manure and adds another layer to our mob grazing processes to add biodiversity and build up areas of grassy land. So far, the chickens seem very happy in their new homes!
Our local primary school, Redbrook Church of England Primary, spent a week with us on the farm. They were very busy bees during their time with us, harvesting potatoes, feeding our sheep, taking our dogs for a walk, pig scratching and exploring the forest. They really did have an adventure!
We have also been busy catching up with some groups of young people from London who had previously visited the farm, including groups from Harris City Academy in Crystal Palace and the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile. The young people loved watching back the highlights from their visits, making brownies from the Jamie’s Farm cookbook, and sharing an Eritrean takeaway for a little taste of home!