What You'll be Supporting
By becoming a member you will support all our current core work of conservation friendly farming, natural beekeeping and on farm education as well as providing the funding for a brand new resource for adults with learning difficulties living in the local community and a development of associated activities.
Expansion of Agricultural Production
A pair of rare breed Berkshire pigs will be introduced with the boar living in woodland and the sow living in a field planted with crops for her and her piglets to eat. We hope to have two litters a year which we aim to raise to Demeter standards.
Around twenty rare breed Ixworth hens with cockerels will arrive. They will live in the wood and produce Demeter certified eggs and chicken meat.
The existing Celestial Garden with wheelchair access produces sufficient vegetables for the daily lunches. By growing an additional two acres of field scale vegetables to Demeter standards we will be able to sell the produce to the local community.
Food Hygiene Regulation Compliant Kitchen
By building a new food hygiene regulation compliant kitchen facility next to the existing farm meeting room we can produce daily lunches for everybody on the farm. In addition, we can process the farms produce into jams, chutneys and other saleable items. The kitchen will aim to be certified by Demeter which means only organic produce will be used within it.
Life Experiences for Adults with Learning Difficulties
All these farm activities will form the basis for the creation of six full day placements per day for adults with mild to moderate learning difficulties working alongside the Society’s staff in small groups, learning new skills whilst engaging in meaningful activities.
In return, each participant pays a fee for each day to the Society either through partner organisation or directly. The farm will supply lunch each day as well as refreshments during breaks. Lunches will involve all the Society’s workers, volunteers and participants which we hope will engender a feeling of belonging to the farm community.
We will tailor each day to the individual abilities and interests of the participants but we envisage the following activities being undertaken:
daily checks, feeding, collecting eggs,
cleaning houses, moving livestock
bed preparation, sowing, transplanting, weeding, harvesting, composting
all aspects of the daily provision of nutritious cooked lunches, processing the farms produce into jams, chutneys and other goods for sale
washing fleeces, carding wool, weaving raw fleece, spinning yarn, weaving yarn, weaving braids, knitting, crocheting
weighing, cleaning, labelling and
packing the farms produce, helping at
markets or in the farm shop