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This is the history of Eastfield School Farm.

This is the history of Eastfield School Farm.



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