What a fantastic year!!! Federation Farmers have had a busy year, entering competitions and winning lots of prizes! Despite the hot weather, our allotments are looking good and we were able to harvest many vegetable for a picnic with parents and teachers
Today we were lucky enough to have Helen Harrison, the Mayor of Thornbury, helping us with our gardening. We spent our session planting new winter flowers in the pots to go along the side of the Junior playground and planting red and white onions, which will be ready in spring.
Next term, we are looking forward to welcoming our new Infant members to the club.
There was lots of hard work clearing the large flower bed by the infants’ playground. We are hoping to fill this with colourful, wildlife friendly plants as soon as all the weeds are gone!
What a weekend! Last year’s Federation Farmers were delighted to be invited, along with Mrs Tulley and their parents to the Thornbury in Bloom presentation afternoon. The children gave a short presentation to a packed hall full of all the volunteers and prize winners from this summer’s judging. They recieved a particularly large round of applause when showing off the brilliant squashes they had grown.
We then found out that we had won a number of prizes from Thornbury in Bloom…
Gold in the Schools’ Competition
Gold in the Schools’ Competition Joan Tuck Schools Cup
Gold Medal for Inspiring Young Gardeners
Level 3 (Advancing) in the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards
Well done Federation Farmers and thank you to everyone who has helped with our gardening.
Our first Federation Farmers session of the new school year! We are lucky to have some very enthusiastic new farmers on board. We spent this afternoon collecting seeds from the cosmos, nasturtiums and sunflowers on the allotment. We also planted some winter salads and broad beans and tried a spikey cucumber and two-legged carrot from the garden! To top it all off we were super excited to find a frog hiding amongst the leeks. Hopefully he has been keeping the slugs at bay over the holidays.
We didn’t manage to get many photos before the camera battery ran out today. Instead we were busy watering (the plants and each other!!) to make sure that all our new plants will keep growing. We tried fresh peas from Vicki Williams’ garden, which everyone enjoyed. We also talked about our end of term Federation Farmers’ Feast which will be in the last week of term. Our wonderful Thornbury in Bloom volunteers were also helping us again today, introducing us to some very exciting cucumber plants and helping us label up all the interesting things in the garden.
Wow! What an exciting afternoon! An army of helpers from Thornbury in Bloom joined us today to help spruce up the planters around our schools’ entrances. They also rebuilt the planter around our fruit beds and donated lots of lovely compost for our vegetable beds.
We also created a butterfly friendly flower bed, next to the Year 2 classrooms which we filled with lavender and buddleias.
We topped our awesome afternoon off with a taste of gooseberry jam and blackcurrant cordial, made from the fruit we picked last week. Thank you so much to Vicky for cooking them up for us. What a treat!
Our new club Federation Farmers has made a great start to getting our grounds and allotments ready for spring. We are a group of children from both the Infant and Junior schools, along with teachers and lots of lovely volunteers from our school community.
So far we have planted a new crab apple tree, which was donated to us by Thornbury in Bloom…
Planted the free fruit bushes we received from the RHS (a prize for achieving the Level 3 School Gardening award)…
21/3/17 Today we planted the beautiful primroses donated to us by Thornbury in Bloom. We just managed to get them in the ground before the heavens opened and gave them (and us!) a good watering.
We also planted the free seeds from Innocent Smoothie’s Sow and Grow campaign. We carefully planted mustard and broad beans and drew pictures of what we think they might look like once they’ve started growing.