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  1. 1. Eastfield Primary School Leicester The creation of Eastfield School Farm
  2. 2. Before the farm <ul><li>High proportion of economically deprived households. </li></ul><ul><li>Large school grounds including two fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Staff who are committed to improving the lives of the children they teach. </li></ul><ul><li>Support from only a few parents. </li></ul><ul><li>200+ primary school on the outskirts of Leicester City but in the county. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Eastfield School convert part of their field to three small gardens for the KS 1 children to grow vegetables. </li></ul>Eastfield School Farm Timeline Summer 2003
  4. 4. Autumn 2005 Eastfield school decided to provide a home for two chickens and two rabbits
  5. 5. Winter 2006 <ul><li>We plant four fruit trees in the memory of a colleague </li></ul>
  6. 6. Spring 2007 <ul><li>In the spring of 2007 the school took the decision to set up a school farm to run alongside the year of food and farming. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The farm needed to be self funding from grants, fundraising and sponsorship. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The farm was for the wider community not just the children and staff of the school. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff needed to show that the farm would help the children understand about food production and help their education. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Our goals for the farm <ul><li>To improve the children's understanding of where their food comes from. </li></ul><ul><li>To get them to develop a healthier lifestyle by thinking about what they eat and how it is produced. </li></ul><ul><li>To give the children who are not academic a real purpose and responsibility in school by enabling them to gain an interest in farming and the farming industry. </li></ul><ul><li>To help the children understand animal welfare and the role of farming in society today. </li></ul><ul><li>To bring the community into our school through parental and community help. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>We did a food survey in school to show where the children thought their food came from. </li></ul><ul><li>5 th of the schools children were surveyed about food and food production. </li></ul><ul><li>Results were interesting. </li></ul><ul><li>Most children did not know what animals gave us bacon. </li></ul><ul><li>The third most popular answer for the question, What animals can give us cheese was….. </li></ul>Mice!!!! Food survey in school
  9. 9. Summer 2007 <ul><li>We homed six battery hens from sunrise eggs and three chickens and a cockerel from another school. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What did we do then? <ul><li>The head teacher and another member of staff went on a school farms course. </li></ul><ul><li>An “Awards for all” grant was applied for to fund the setup and running of the school farm for one year. </li></ul><ul><li>The school enlisted the help of parents and the community to get the project off the ground. </li></ul><ul><li>The school extended their garden beds to include KS2 who started to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. </li></ul>
  11. 11. September 2007 <ul><li>Year of food and farming starts and the school farm receives a grant from Awards for all to fund the farm for one year. </li></ul><ul><li>Building work is commissioned straight away for a new pig house, fencing and sheds for storage. </li></ul><ul><li>A new chicken coop is brought and the number of chickens is increased with a donation of six Sussex whites / leghorn cross. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Where are we now? <ul><li>We have two large black pigs. </li></ul><ul><li>These pigs are to be kept till July 2008 when they will go to slaughter. </li></ul><ul><li>All the children understand that our farm is there to produce food, not as a petting zoo. </li></ul><ul><li>We have found that the children are more able to understand this than their parents! </li></ul>The farm is up and running!
  13. 13. Where are we now? <ul><li>We have 2 Hartlines ewes which have both given birth at the school this spring! The new arrivals were one boy and one girl. </li></ul><ul><li>They will go back to the ram and their lambs will be sold at market in the summer. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Poultry <ul><li>We now have nineteen chickens including 6 bantams and five leghorn / Sussex white crosses. </li></ul><ul><li>The children feed them and collect the eggs every day. </li></ul><ul><li>We also have two apricot call ducks. </li></ul><ul><li>We are hatching their eggs in an incubator. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Each KS2 class looks after the large animals for one day a week. </li></ul><ul><li>The KS1 and Foundation children look after the rabbits and poultry each week. </li></ul><ul><li>The parents and children look after the animals every weekend and during the school holidays. </li></ul>Who looks after the animals?
  16. 16. Farming club <ul><li>Over 50 children have attended farm club on Wednesday nights after school. </li></ul><ul><li>We have fantastic parental support with different parents turning up every Wednesday night to help. </li></ul>
  17. 17. The future <ul><li>The poly tunnel is being built at the moment and will be up and running in time for national science week and planting time. </li></ul><ul><li>Four more pigs to be purchased in September with the profits from the sale of meat and eggs. </li></ul><ul><li>The school will have produce sales throughout the summer term. </li></ul><ul><li>We are looking to purchase two rare breed sheep. </li></ul><ul><li>The school is to expand its numbers of chickens and ducks to improve egg production. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Fundraising <ul><li>The sale of eggs and produce from the gardens helps to pay for the animals food. </li></ul><ul><li>The meat from the pigs will be sold to the parents and staff at the school. </li></ul><ul><li>The school is holding a summer fete to raise money for the farm. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Have we achieved our goals? <ul><li>The answer is that we are getting there... </li></ul><ul><li>The children at school have a better understanding of where their food comes from and what animals give us. </li></ul><ul><li>All the children have taken ownership of the school farm and the animals. They are very proud of it, as are their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>In a number of cases staff have noticed healthier lunchboxes. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Have we achieved out goals? <ul><li>More parents are helping on the farm and purchasing free range eggs and produce from our sales. </li></ul><ul><li>The farm is becoming self funding. We will make enough money this year to continue our project. </li></ul><ul><li>The community is more involved in all areas of school life not just the farm. This is because they have a way into school life that is non academic. </li></ul>
  21. 21. No animals were harmed during the making of this presentation