For a few days every year, we hold farm
open days, where we throw the farm gate open to anyone who
wants to come and learn about us and the way we farm. We take
part annually in Open
Farm Sunday, a national day when farmers invite their neighbours
and the general public onto their farms to see what goes on and
to talk directly to the farmer. Our open days are timed to coincide
with events in the farming year, such as lambing.
Kirstie, with alot of help from Mark, hosts school
and group educational visits to the farm. We have had school
groups, cubs, brownies, even adult groups. For the children, it
is a great opportunity to get up close with farm animals, see
them and smell them! They get to ask the farmer any questions
they like about the animals, farming, food, even finances! All
of this helps towards making the link between food, farming and
the countryside. Kirstie is CEVAS
Access to Farms trained and Shabden Park Farm is part of the
Schools and Learning
Outside the Classroom initiatives. We are currently applying
for our LOTC Quality
A few times per year, our SWT ranger Bob Crompton, and Farmer
Mark, leads walks around the
farm, looking at the restoration work we have done here, and
the species of wildlife now evident. These walks look at the wildflowers
and animals close up and last for a couple of hours.
We hold moth nights and
other events looking at specific species of wildlife, in conjucntion
with local experts and organisations.
Twice a year, we host sheep dog trials,
organised by Surrey Sheep Dog Society. One of these trials is
held as part of the Shabden Farm Picnic,
and includes the monthly Shabden
Farmers Market and countryside skills demonstrations.