As well as producing great food, Bosavern Community Farm is a great place for learning. We have already hosted a range of educational visits from primary and secondary schools including St Just Primary School, Marazion Primary School, Mounts Bay Academy and Nancealverne School. Our site is an ideal venue for outdoor learning and can accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities.
The ideal place to learn about farming and the environment
At Bosavern you can explore a more sustainable food system. We can offer land based activities for schools, colleges and youth groups. The cob building offers a unique outdoor classroom and a great base to study sustainability and the environment. Our education programmes aim to provide structured education visits to the farm, based around themes such as food, farming, composting, energy, sustainable building and arts & crafts. Activities and tasks vary according to the season, but in the past have included:
- Learn about how we attract bees and other beneficial insects to the farm
- Explore our polytunnels and taste our vegetables and herbs
- Sow seeds or plant seedlings
- Visit our chickens and collect their eggs
- Help recycle nutrients on the farm by learning all about composting
- Plant and protect trees in our community woodland
Students split into four teams, and take part in a carousel of 45-minute/ 1 hour activities comprising:-
- A visit to the polytunnels and market garden to learn about different crops, the importance of bees, how climate affects our food, and to taste some of the vegetables we grow.
- Meeting our free-range chicken flocks and collecting eggs.
- Composting workshop, with a chance to get hands-on in our compost production.
- Sowing seeds for our polytunnels and market garden.
Lunch usually takes place between activities 3 and 4 in the grassed courtyard area or inside our classroom space if wet. We can also arrange a nature scavenger hunt or fun games in Home Field (welly-wanging contest and tug-of-war) or a quiz about what they have learnt.
NEW for 2016! We have been awarded funding from Grow Wild at Kew Gardens to develop an Educational Bee Garden and Bee Ed-Shed. We are looking for groups of young people between 11 and 25 to get involved with this exciting project. To find out more, speak to Nikki at the farm by calling 01736 787454 or visit our Grow Wild page.
Learning outside the classroom
Bosavern is a great place to learn about all areas of the curriculum, here are just some ideas:
- Maths – calculate how much space is needed for our flocks, how much chicken wire you would need to buy, how much chicken feed to buy.
- Art – make prints from different vegetables, paint the beautiful West Penwith landscape or make natural dyes.
- English – “Make hay while the sun shines”, “hen- pecked”, “like pigs in muck”. Many common sayings are related to the land. Or tell stories in our cob building.
- History – learn about traditional building methods in our cob builidng.
We are very flexible at the farm, and if you are interested in covering a specific topic, or something that is not currently on our list, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Give us a call!
If you would like to arrange a school visit, please contact us on 01736 788454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to welcome your school group to the farm soon!