After numerous requests from our members, the PIP Steering group were pleased to announce an activity which included our children.
For this reason we chose the Easter holidays and a visit to Hall Farm, Eastoft, where we could be introduced to Care Farming. Care farms offer a range of activities from tending to animals, growing vegetables and day to day running of the farm.
Care farms are enterprises where farming and healthcare are combined and are aimed at people with autism, learning difficulties, mental health issues, depression and long term illnesses such as dementia.
With the PIP flag flying at the entrance to Hall Farm we all gathered in the barn for an introduction and warm welcome from Mark, the owner & farmer, his wife Martha and volunteer Poppy. The farm has been in Mark’s family for 180 years and as well as the alpacas & chickens we met, they also rear pigs and grow cereals on this working farm.
After an explanation about safety on the farm, hygiene and hand washing we all went to meet the alpacas. Firstly the females, of which 5 are expecting babies and then we met the boys. We fed them by hand, learnt how to hold them and gave them fresh bedding. Then we walked across the field to meet the male alpacas who we took for a walk with special harnesses. All the time lots of interesting information about how to care for the animals was given.
Also, each child had an egg box to collect things from around the farm such as alpaca wool, feathers, straw, anything which had a sensory effect.
After a warm drink at break time with an Easter cake we went to meet the chickens and collect freshly laid eggs. These were placed at the front of the farm entrance for sale to the local community.
Whilst collecting the fresh eggs the children also explored the vegetable garden and completed the Easter egg hunt. These plastic eggs were later exchanged for a real Easter egg as we said thanks to Mark, Martha and Poppy for our morning spent with the animals at their interesting and enjoyable introduction to Hall Farm.
There are also other activities at the farm such as farm club, alpaca care and felting workshops.
Thank you to all the families who attended.
We look forward to future visits and especially to
Open Farm Sunday, 10th June 2018, 10-3pm.
See their website Hallfarmeastoft.co.uk for more information.
Thanks again and we look forward to meeting you all very soon.
North Lincs PIP Forum Steering group
Julia, Kay, Fiona, Katy & Zaria