Farm update #13

I hope you all had a wonderful half term. Its been a hive of activity the first half of term and the pupils and farm have been flourishing.

We kicked off with an invasion by hordes of Anglo Saxons. They settled for the day making wattle and daub huts and smelly potions from the herb garden. Everyone had an amazing day, with pupils, parents and staff getting stuck into this much anticipated annual event. In the next few weeks I hear there is a visit from a group of Egyptian agriculturalists.

Outdoor Classroom Day was a great success, the weather was glorious and the pupils and staff fully embraced leaving the four walls. The atmosphere in all lessons was buzzing and the farm was a hub for a variety of subjects to the delight of the pupils and animals alike! Only at Walstead can you say ‘we had cookery, art and reading in the orchard tepee’. We are already looking forward to our next one.

We will once again be at the South of England Show in the Countryside Hub. We have entered into a variety of competitions which includes the impressive mobile created by our nursery children at forest school, if you are visiting over the weekend be sure to pop by and say 'hi'. You can also be immersed in our mental health awareness sensory garden that has been built by the year 8 scholars over the past few weeks.

Our first honey harvest took place just before half term with my Friday farm group spinning an impressive 25 jars. I started this update saying while stocks last but within a few days we have sold out. It really is delicious so make sure you keep an eye out for the next batch! It might even be award winning as its also been submitted into the South of England show competition!

I’ve had lots of questions about Henry and Lizzie. When I say they are on holiday this is not code for sausages. They are currently prepping an edible flower garden at Little Walstead farm and will return in autumn. I have been getting updates and they are having a fantastic time digging and doing what they love, they do miss our team though and we look forward to welcoming them back after summer

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the summer term.

Farmer Dutton