Farm visits are a wonderful opportunity to bring your pupils into the countryside and experience life on a working farm. We actively encourage school visits here at Manor Farm, we are trying to educate children the country way. We don’t want the children thinking that potatoes are grown in plastic bags in the supermarket, we take them to the field they dig their own potatoes getting their hands dirty, then they take them back to school to enjoy!
The farm gives a wide base to teach from across the curriculum and key stages. Our facilities include a disabled toilet, full hand washing facilities, picnic area behind the duck pond and ample parking. We can provide a tractor trailer ride at a charge per child. We are CEVAS (Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme) trained and can arrange visits to your requirements. Our farm provides the background to discussion on the following subjects:-
Arable crops: Planting, Seasons, Growing-cycle, Rotation, Harvesting, How the grain/seed is used e.g bread/ oil/beer.
Potatoes and Field to Table: Planting, Seasons, Growing-cycle, Vegetables: Growing techniques, Harvesting, Food Miles.
Woodland: Birds, Flowers, Tree recognition, Tree bark Rubbing, Life Cycle, Insects.
Farm Shop: Country of origin, Produce recognition, Seasonal Produce, Food Miles, Weights & Measures.
“A trip to Broadditch Farm is both fun and educational. I have taken classes for the last 3 years and every year the students have had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
“On arrival John and Sherry the dog greet us; then we are taken to the garden where fruit and veg are produced to sell in the farm shop. John explains about growing the different produce and the students are allowed to pick some to take back with them to school.
“Following this the students are allowed to climb into one of their tractors for a photo session then we are all taken for a ride around the 500 acre fields on a trailer whilst John explains what is growing and what it will be used for once harvested. On the way back we stop off to feed the ducks before going in to the farm shop.
“Throughout our visits we have always been made to feel very welcome and the students are eager to return the following year.”