Farm Based Learning

Stories about grain sound better surrounded by grain, and facts about pigs are more relevant if you have just fed the piglets!
Bring another dimension to the work by visiting West Town Farm, Ide  an organic farm where I work with the charity organicARTS creating and leading farm based learning experiences for all ages.

Visits can involve

  • practical and creative activities based on farming practices and environmental exploration
  • storytelling and storymaking using the surroundings as a inspiration
  • developing themes of healthy eating, staying safe, contributing to the life of the farm and the achievement of real things

Some thoughts on farms and stories

Grafting and Growing Stories on your Patch

A lot of work I do is based out at West Town Farm. The stories I use and tell are collected and gathered from all over. Their themes and images link to the farm. How far does the story itself become from this farm? So the apple tree that Isabella slumbers under is this tree here in the orchard and the hill that Hugh climbs to find the silver cattle is that hill across the valley. The branches of the story become grafted onto the root stock of the land.

Now this takes on another strand when the body of stories is added to with the events of the farm. The tale of Steve meeting the badger thief stealing the straw, the story of Tom painting the cow murals, the grubbing up and re planting of orchards are all part of the oral history of the farm. Our patch is growing tales, linked to place linked to time, drawn from tradition and history. These can be told either around the fire or in the barn or even better along the tracks and pathways. Story walks!

Interested? Do get in touch!


Kenton Primary School said…
The combined elements of our day worked very well together and provided a good balance of times to listen, be practical with vegetables and expend energy by exploring and being free.
Ellen Tinkham School said…
It was a fantastic sensory experience for our young people and they all had a great time and got so much out of it.