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Experience Days

Experience life on the land through group visits to the farm. Our Experience Days are a fantastic way to learn more about food, farming and nature connection. Below is a guide to some of the opportunities we offer at the farm, we can be flexible in arranging days that fit your needs. We normally suggest a maximum group size of 12, however we can increase this by arrangement.

Thanks to our customer supported Covid Fund, if you’re a small not-for-profit organisation working with underrepresented or disadvantaged groups, we can sometimes fund group placements to the farm free of charge. Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

1. Farmer for a Day

Our ‘Farmer for a Day’ gives groups the opportunity to find out where their food comes from, learn about organic growing and take part in farming activities. Groups can have a go at being farmers for half a day, a full day or for several days, during the growing season (April-October). We can also provide an organic lunch, which will include produce grown here on the farm. We can be flexible with how we run your Farmer for a Day experience and tailor to the needs of your group.

2. Wildlife Ranger for a Day

Join our Wildlife Group to help us build new habitats and manage our land to create a biodiverse and nature-rich landscape. You could be helping us with bramble bashing, laying hedges, planting for pollinators, building bird and bat boxes, carrying out wildlife surveys and planting native trees. You’ll learn how to identify native plants, insects and birds, why wildlife is important for farming and how to support biodiversity in a farmed landscape.

3. Organic Pizza Chef for a Day

With seasonal produce grown here on the farm, learn how to make delicious thin crust pizza’s. You’ll pick your own toppings and a salad from our field, learning a little about each crop you pick and how we grow it,  then use our traditional cob-oven to cook a delicious lunch to share.

4. Organic Gardener for a Day

Learn from our experienced team on the farm how to plant, grow, care for and harvest your own plants at home. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in some classroom lessons on garden design and organic growing that you can take away and put into practice! You’ll also get the opportunity to go from the classroom to our Social and Therapeutic Gardening area, where you can practice what you learn and help us to develop an educational resource for disadvantaged groups.

5. Nature Connection Day Course

Facilitated by our experienced partner EcoWild, we will provide your group with the opportunity to connect with the land and each other, learn new skills, release stress, get active and improve personal and group resilience. Your day will be a bespoke programme, and could include a guided foraging walk, learning bushcraft and forest skills, mindfulness practice, an eco-psychology workshop or making crafts from locally sourced natural materials. You will leave the farm with new skills to immerse yourself in nature, and a feeling of groundedness in yourself and connection to the others in your group.

Costs and booking

For a minimum group size of 7 people, our full-day experiences are charged at a nominal rate of £45 per head, excluding lunch (which can be provided at £6 per head).

Example itinerary (full day)

  • 10:00 – 10:30am
    Teas and coffees (if possible) and an introduction to the farm’s purpose, history and values. A tour and discussion into the farm’s growing plan and methods. 
  • 10:30 – 12:30
    Morning of activities, based on the package you have chosen.
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm
    Lunch in the yurt or roundhouse
  • 1:30 – 2:45 pm
    Continuation of the day’s activities.
  • 2:45 – 3:00pm
    Teas, coffees, and goodbyes!
Bookings

If you are interested in our packages, please fill in the booking enquiry form below.

We’ll be in touch with you to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you might have.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about our experience days, please don’t hesitate to contact us at volunteer@thecommunityfarm.co.uk

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Health & Safety

All of our Experience Days have been risk assessed by members of staff. Any external facilitators on the farm have also completed their own risk assessments of activities. We’ll provide you with a Health and Safety induction and Risk Assessment. We also have public liability insurance in place.

Site Accessibility

While we do have accessible areas and facilities for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility, much of our site is not yet suitable for those in wheelchairs.

Covid-19

We have designed specific site-based practices to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission on the farm. You will be provided with these before your visit, and given an induction explaining these practices on your arrival.

Volunteer Farmer for a Day practicalities

Because of the unpredictable nature of farming, it can be hard to judge what we’ll be doing in advance. We won’t be able to provide an exact picture of what we’ll be doing on the day – but can give you an outline based on time of year, how our crops are doing and the weather forecast. While you will be supported and given guidance throughout the day, groups need to be supervised or self-directed enough to not need constant supervision by Community Farm staff.