On Friday 6th March, pupils in Year 5 visited four Devon farms to help consolidate the work they are doing in Geography.
The first visit of the day was to Porsham Farm, where they learned about Porsham’s dairy herd and the importance of the soil in the production of milk. They met some of the calves, the diary herd, toured the milking parlour and tasted the farm’s cheese, ‘Tickler’ (available in all major super markets). A tour of Luke’s Fruit and Veg Farm …from owner John Luke focussed on growing soft fruits for local markets, and how poly tunnel technology can give a much longer growing season. Andrew Kent at Warleigh Barton demonstrated how he has diversified his farm during his Land Rover and trailer tour of the farm’s solar panels, chicken sheds and biomass boiler. The final visit of the day was to Ashleigh Barton, where farmer Nigel Eggins introduced the class to his beef herd and talked about the economic nature of his business.
The children came away well informed and having experienced up close the many aspects of modern farming which they have been learning about in the classroom.