Our school farm has been on the Academy site for over 70 years, making a significant part of the local community’s legacy.
In 2016 the farm was moved from the original site to a new site beside the Academy. We have a barn, cattle poly tunnel, sheep poly tunnel, stables and pigs’ arks.
Animals on the farm include cattle, sheep, goat’s, rabbits and a selection of poultry plus a donkey.
To become a Young farmer, you can join at the age of 10 years of age.
Young farmers achieve skills such has Animal Husbandry/Welfare. Stockmanship/Showing techniques. Life skills, confidence, friendships and team building.
How to access the farm
Parents need to fill out membership forms that give consent of becoming a Young farmer plus a health form and photographic form.
Young farmers also pay a membership/levy to cover their insurance on young farmers days ie shows, visits etc
Young farmers attend different shows across the South East and on occasions further afield, Kent Show, South of England Show, Edenbridge & Oxted Show, Findon Sheep Fayre, Hertfordshire and Newbury to name name just a few plus at Christmas we attend the Ashford Cattle Show and the South of England Primestock Show.
Other trips and visits we have been on is a local dairy farm, a commercial sheep farm and a Haulage company. We have also been and picked Pumpkins to carve and a visit to an Alpaca farm.
The young farmers club don’t only go out for trips and visits we also welcome the community to the farm. We do this by holding a annual lambing weekend, on this weekend the community are welcomed to the farm not only to see the animals we have but to also interact with them. Being in a urban area we feel that this has opened many pathways to children that have then become young farmers and this led them to careers within the agricultural industry.
Awards we have gained
Young farmers have gained the opportunity to take part in the Aberdeen Angus Young Development Awards Programme, in which some of our members have travelled to Stoneleigh, Scotland, Ireland and Ardingly to take part in the finals. The finals are split into different age groups. They are then judged in different categories these include stock judging, a panel interview, clipping an animal (this is section is just for the seniors), dressing an animal and the final task showing. We have done well in all of these finals, winning several of the categories.
The young farmers also take part in different competitions held at Rally days and won the dance group which lead them to the finals in Torquay.
We have also achieved winning the Overall competition at Kent Show.
Young farmers have qualified for Sheep Young handler of the year at Newbury/Hertfordshire Shows for the RBST.
Several members have also qualified to compete in the young handler of the year competition, this is held at the East of England Showground, Peterborough. Members have competed in both the sheep and cattle section, to have the privilege to compete against the best of the best, the members have to qualify at various agricultural shows throughout the year.
Members also take part in craft competitions these vary massively from biscuit decorating, photo competitions, making a Christmas wreath from recycled materials to building scarecrows!
We also hold our own Awards night to present trophies for Young farmer of the Year. Members member of the Year. Stockman of the Kent Show etc. After the awards the young farmers have a party for all they have achieved over the year.