The Community Farm is a charitably funded project of The Children’s Centre. Based at Wallberry Farm, a small holding just outside Douglas, we provide a therapeutic and educational resource for children, young people and families.
Our Farm is a busy place throughout the year, with tasks changing with the seasons. Activities are tailored to each group or individual, with appropriate activities depending on needs and weather conditions:
With two poly tunnels, a vegetable patch and a kitchen garden, there are always lots of horticultural activities to take part in. With a year round growing space in the poly tunnels, there is an amazing variety of plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables to tend to. These activities help to develop an understanding and respect of nature and food provenance. , sowing, planting and growing crops in our polytunnels, vegetable patch and kitchen gardens
• Animal Husbandry
Animal husbandry activities are centred around caring for the selection of animals on the farm, including pigs, goats, donkeys, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, hens and ducks. Activities include feeding, mucking out, cleaning and medical checks. We also work in partnership with neighbouring farms to provide opportunities for interaction with larger-scale farming at busy times of the year, such as milking and lambing.
With a designated conservation area, we are able to offer activities that conserve, protect and restore habitat areas for wild plants and animals.
• Design and construction
As with any farm, there are ongoing maintenance tasks and further developments to be made. Skills may include fencing, roofing, draining and dry stone walling. Specific construction projects will be undertaken throughout the year.
The Farm is a multi use environment, where children, young people and families can spend time, along with corporate groups and other farm users. This helps to encourage respectful behaviours, develop an appreciation for others and an understanding of communal environments. The recreation room will provide an informal social environment, where young people will be encourage to interact with each other and with staff.
For more information about the Farm please contact Chrissy Cannell, farm development officer by e mail or calling 610540 during office hours.