The Field to Fork experience at Frogmary Green Farm can offer children and young people a variety of different growing experiences from large scale commercial farming to tips on how to grow vegetables in a window box! It will offer something for everyone with the emphasis on making growing an accessible process no matter how big your space. Field to Fork Coordinator, Jane Kayley, will also provide a monthly 'growing blog' to help schools and groups to stay engaged in the growing process throughout the seasons.
The classroom itself leads onto a series of raised beds that will be planted in rotation so that children on Guided Farm Visits will always be able to witness a cycle of seed >shoot>plant>fruit
The Guided Farm Visits will also offer children the chance to see food crops on a much bigger scale as part of the farm industry and how these crops produce energy for the renewable sources on the farm site.
The classroom has a small kitchen and as part of the guided farm visits children will be encouraged to taste the produce that is grown in the garden area. Independent users will be asked to bring their own food ingredients to cook but a range of seasonal recipes and ideas will be available in the classroom and on our website.
The SHED has its own Forest School area which schools and groups can use to run simple activities such as fire-lighting, cooking on the fire, whittling, storytelling and singing games. This area is being developed by South Petherton Infants School and all users are reminded to leave the area safe and tidy when they leave.
Adjacent to the classroom there is a small paddock that groups can use for games, activities or picnic lunches.
The SHED classroom and growing area sit in a large field which is part of the working farm at Frogmary. The field has two large ponds, an arboretum and a small wooded area. The Field to Fork team are keen for schools and groups to use this field to support their learning but, as with any working farm, there are many potential risks and dangers so it is important that visitors follow simple rules to help keep everyone safe and protect the natural environment. Groups are therefore asked to stay within the designated areas, never leave children unaccompanied and be mindful when moving from one part of the field to another.
The Field to Fork Team have marked out 5 designated zones for schools and groups to use when exploring the area beyond the classroom. These areas are good for helping children to learn about:
Look out for the animal signposts and stay within these areas when working in the field.