Every year Farms for City Children opens its farms to thousands of urban-based children to experience life away from the city in the heart of the countryside. We are thrilled to be able to support such a life changing opportunity for young people.
Farms for City Children’s three farms are Nethercott House in Iddesleigh, Devon, Wick Court in Arlingham, Gloucestershire and Lower Treginnis in St David’s, Pembrokeshire. Their founding farm is Nethercott House in Devon, where the author Michael Morpurgo, and his wife Clare, started the charity 43 years ago.
Each year, Farms for City Children offers over 3,200 urban primary school children from all over the country a unique opportunity to live and work together for a week, on one of its farms, in the heart of the countryside. It is an intense, ‘learning through doing’ experience of a different life – for children who may not know where their food comes from and have limited opportunities to explore the outside world.
In a typical day on the farm, children could be collecting eggs, grooming horses, cooking meals with vegetables grown in the garden, all whilst learning to work together as a team. It’s a jam-packed adventure that most of these children will have never experienced before.
Thanks to fundraising and donations from Joules staff and customers, last year we raised over £10,000 for Farms for City Children during our Charity Week! This meant the farm gates were flung wide open for hundreds of children, turning them into farmers for a week. We’ve also donated lots of wellies for the visiting children to wear while getting muddy on the farm, as most don’t have their own. This year we’re hoping to raise even more money for Farms for City Children for our first ever Charity Month!
We’re so proud to still be successful and growing as a charity. We’re hoping in the next five years we’ll be able to grow so we can help even more children. We meet adults that came here as children and have such vivid memories of their week on the farm. It just proves what a life-changing experience it can be.
Heather Tarplee, Farm School Manager at Farms For City Children
£25 will pay for storybooks and board games for the children.
£50 will pay for duvet sets and pillowcases for the dorms.
£325 will provide a child with the chance to spend a week on a farm.
£10 will pay for two child-size brooms.
£25 will pay for an arts and crafts session.
A child in my current class really struggles with new learning at school but soon realised that he was stronger than most children in his group. The boost to his self-esteem from becoming the ‘expert wheel-barrow driver’ was enormous and his talent meant he had a meaningful role within the team as he coached others to improve.
Kirsty Jeffries, a teacher from Leigham Primary School, Plymouth
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