Pupils blogging: Farm visit reflections

The farm is very diverse, it’s not just growing one specific crop as a monoculture. There are many different types of crops grown, such as potatoes, rhubarb and rocket. There are many herbs as well – mint, fennel, lemon balm and lots more! The farm supports wildlife by setting aside areas where no crops are grown, such as their wilderness area, which has many trees and even a wetland. Wild garlic is growing freely in the forest area. One plant I particularly liked was chives – they have a lovely green stalk, which changes to a stark purple on the flower. The most exciting thing I learned today was about the importance of maintaining soil fertility and using the right manure – for example, some manure makes the soil very high in phosphate, but it is still lacking other important elements. The farm was amazing! My favourite part was preparing and sowing the soil. It was really good fun!

The farm grows many different crops, such as herbs (lots of herbs!), potatoes and spring onions. They also have many trees and bushes. Additionally, there are sheep on the farm, which are used primarily for grazing. Finally, they have a wilderness area, which is a safe haven for animals. One plant we saw was rhubarb – it’s a very big plant, with massive leaves and lots of stems. The leaves are green, with red stripes, and are about 50cm long. The rhubarb also had flowers coming out, which were bright pink. Unfortunately, you have to remove the flowers, so  the plant can put more energy into the leaves! The most exciting thing I learned today was also about soil and how using soil over and over again without taking care of it, can make it unusable and infertile. I really liked going into the tunnels and getting first hand experience about what farm work is like! I also learned that to find out what is the structure of your soil, you get a hand full of soil, add a bit of water, and try to make a sausage. If the sausage could crumble easily, it was fine soil, with lots of sand in it, if it couldn’t, then there was lots of clay in it.

The farm is beautiful in the way agriculture and wildlife live in harmony – fields are separated by pockets of wilderness. It is obvious that wildlife is very at home in this farm! I was particularly impressed by the bronze fennel – it wasn’t flowering, and just had leaves, which were very fine and smooth. The fennel was growing in clumps. I learned that it is really important to take care of soil, and that plowing is not very good for it. I loved the farm and the garden! My favourite part was looking at all the herbs – lemon balm, fennel, spearmint, min, apple mint!

The farm is beautiful! They have a wide range of plants and animals, both wild and farmed. They have potatoes, rhubarb growing in abundance, and a forest full of wild garlic. We were told to brake of the rhubarb flowers, so that the plant doesn’t use all its energy into flowers and seeds. There were many different herbs, of which I most liked the fennel – I even added some to my lunch! The leaves of the fennel were dark green with a purple tint – we also talked about fennel toothpaste! I learned so many things – for example that putting too much manure into the soil is not good for it, and that all the chemicals which are used in agriculture go from the soil, to the plants, and then to the animals. The farm visit was amazing and totally cool! They have a wilderness area to encourage animals, and the farm is organic and very biodiverse. My favourite part was looking at all the different herbs! The visit was very informational, interesting and fun!

 

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