Both of these farms attract a lot of support and funding from local government, local business and the wider community. We also would like to invite support from these areas.We feel there is a need for a similar farm based experience for children in our area and it's something that really excites us.
As the name suggests the Children's Farm caters to children. It was set up in the hope that '' children living in an urban environment, often without backyards, could learn to care for animals and nature and also have fun outside''. It embraces the philosophies of permaculture, Landcare and organic farming.
we learned a lot here about signage,community involvement through allotment gardens and as a drop off point for resources, such as garden waste. We took away some ideas for animal enclosures, especially their pig sty. We are much in need of something similar for our Nutmeg and Cinnamon who have proven to be the escape artists that their species are renowned for.
The pig pens have rotational mud areas for the pigs to wallow in. There is greenpick growing in between pens for continual foraging.
We were really impressed with their setup and are keen to implement so much of what they are doing as more and more we are being contacted by schools, homeschoolers, afterschool care, and parents of young children as an awareness for the need for this sort of experience becomes more evident.
What are your thoughts on this? Next post I'll talk about what we learned at CERES.