Farms for City Children is now open all year-round welcoming schools in term time and community groups in non-term weeks. The farms are bustling with activity across the four seasons and there is always food, farming, and outdoor learning tasks to be completed to take care of our land and our livestock.
Children work hard on the farms from 7.30am – 7pm each day. A combination of physical farm tasks, animal care, and maintaining the farms is combined with sowing, harvesting, and cooking tasks that anchor the young person to an understanding of the field > farm > fork journey. This improves food choices, increases the consumption of fresh, locally produced meat, fruit, and vegetables, which can help young people to develop longer term commitments to leading a healthier life.
A renewed focus on nature nurture is delivered through wellbeing activities to induce greater nature connectedness from long biodiversity walks, birdwatching on the coast and the riverside, beekeeping sessions, sustainable arts and crafts, mindfulness sessions, storytelling, poetry, and astronomy. Collaborating on tasks never before attempted develops courage, confidence and curiosity.
Children and young people learn to be mindful, empathetic, and to notice their environment. They learn to take responsibility for themselves, each other, and work in harmony with the animals and the land. Free from digital intrusion, their analogue imaginations are liberated, and they enjoy mental health respite from the pressures of a life lived online.
Being on the farm gives each child or young person that space to just be. With reduced stress levels, increased freedom and more meaningful interactions and connections, young people return home having developed greater resilience and attained an enormous sense of pride as a result of being a “Farmer for a Week.”