As our new volunteer receptionist decided that she did like us and that she could cope with the cold (an occupational hazard when working on a farm) we decided to let her loose with one of our new tablets (kindly donated by WaveLength) and said “take some photos.” Once she had worked out to keep things in focus, she took some really great pictures.
Well she’s stayed all morning so we should really introduce you to Beverley, our new volunteer receptionist.labe In the real world, Beverley is a secretary in the University of Essex’s Estates and Campus Services department. She has decided to volunteer here on her day off – we think that’s pretty marvelous. In the picture she is putting labels on “BeeBombs” that are going to
We’ve written a lot about our co-farmers some of the things they’ve done and also said how people get referred to our service. We realised, however, that we haven’t yet told you what happens in those early days when they are new to the farm. We posed this question to Emma, the centre manager and this is what she told us. The first week
We’re a few weeks in to the new term (the other day someone said we’re half way to Halloween but we don’t want to think about that yet) and everyone is settling in. We have welcomed back some old co-farmers and are delighted that we have some new ones too. Everyone is getting to know each other and in a separate blog Emma our
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Staff from Essex University Admissions Team decided not to go too far from home for their team building day. They built straw igloos, went on a treasure hunt and tested their engineering skills building egg launchers. Easily the best team building day I’ve been on. Very impressed by the range of activities and ethos of the farm
Marsh & Mclennan chose to hold a volunteer day at Wellies-On. They cut the hedgerow back to make way for the disabled access to the yurt. Measured and create shuttering ready for concrete for the new yard area. The photos show what great work they did. We hope they enjoyed themselves; they made a big difference to us.
Today the co-farmers learnt about the Five Freedoms for Animals. The Animal Welfare Act places a duty of care on people to ensure they take reasonable steps meet the welfare needs of their animals. It means that anyone looking after animals must take care of their animals properly; it is designed to ensure people are proactive in their approach to care, rather than just
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We’ve finished our calming room. If you look back at The Calming Room and Update on the Calming Room you’ll already know how we’ve taken a junk room and worked with our co-farmers to turn into a space they both need and want to be in. The final steps have now been completed. Les from Computer Medics Essex has been in to install two computers