In association with the Brighton Science Festival, Hands-On Half Term we are delighted to offer a morning on the farm with Michael and Jayne who have been doing what they believe for over 30 years - good farming practise produces healthy food, an environment where animals and wildlife flourish, maintains the health of the soil and is in harmony with the environment around us. Pull on your wellies and be prepared to 'muck in' (or 'muck out' as the case might be) and experience the ups and downs of being a farmer. The farm is small with 12 cows and their offspring and 60 sheep and lambs. The beginning of the day starts with bedding down and feeding the cows. Once seeing them all content we become shepherds and walk the farm to count and check the sheep and lambs. In March the sheep will be lambing so there may even be an opportunity to watch lambs being born and certainly enjoy watching the new-born skip, jump and race as they embrace their new lives. Whilst walking the farm diff...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
Michael trained as a land-agent and saw the demise of the small farmer and the farming traditions that they had upheld for generations due to the encouragement from the EU to produce cheap food. He was concerned by the use of artificial fertilisers and pesticides on the land and the increased animal herd and flock sizes. Farming was moving away from agri-culture to agri-business. As a result of seeing this change Michael put his hand to the plough and has spent his life farming using sustainable farming methods. Jayne comes from a long line of farmers. Her family's farm was a small dairy farm. When studying agriculture Jayne visited friends farms that were vast. All the hedges had been removed. The cattle sheds were empty. There were no crop rotations. Cereals were grown year in year out. Every year she joined friends on their enormous tractors that had booms that spread over a long distance spraying the crops copious times with herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers. Each...
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