Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Superbly Successful Open Day.

On Saturday 13th November we held an open day at the farm, with everybody and anybody welcome to come along and find out what is happening and what our aims are. The day was a huge success, with around 100 people, mainly from the local community, coming down to the farm. Tea and cakes were served in the farmhouse kitchen, books were for sale in the barn, children's activities took place in the downstairs classroom and out on site, displays and information were available in the upstairs classroom, salad bags and sprigs of herbs were for sale in the polytunnel, our new chickens could be seen in their paddock, and answers and discussions were on offer everywhere at all times.
The "official" opening of our new classroom.
Everybody was free to wander around the farm as they wished, but a tour was led by members of the farm committee at 2pm, taking in all the sites of interest - the "under-construction" tree-bogs, the classroom, the polytunnel, vegetable field, and chicken field with its new occupants.
Farm tour arriving in the vegetable field.
Farm tour reaches the chicken shed.
As the farm tour progressed, children hunted for chocolate eggs in the undergrowth. Other children's activities were decorating plant-pots, sowing broad-beans, making bird-feeders, running around the fields, and rolling around in the straw in the barn!
Learning how to use a trowel in the polytunnel.
Hunting for chocolate eggs in the vegetable field.
Children young and old enjoy playtime in the barn.
Anne and her mother, two generations of the family who used to live and farm here.
For us at Bosavern Community Farm, the most important outcome of the open day was that so many people came to express their interest in the farm, and their support for the work that goes on here. The whole day had a very positive feeling, with many offers of help, and we hope that everybody went away feeling inspired and empowered about local food and local community. A big thankyou to everybody who came along on the day, and to those who helped make the open day such a success.

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