School Visits and Workshops

Our farm offers a unique, hands-on experience that helps young people nurture a closer relationship with food and farming. Learn more about what we do. Our schools programme is flexible so please contact us if you have a particular theme/ focus in mind for your visit. 

We offer the following options to schools:

  • 2-4 hour farm visit: this session includes a farm tour that engages pupils in the basics of food production, followed by an activity. Topics such as crop rotation, the plant lifecycle, soil health and seasonal eating will be covered. Suitable for both primary and secondary school children. Max 30 pupils. Activities vary depending on the season, weather and priorities. Examples include sowing seeds, clearing beds, planting, biodiversity discovery, harvesting and composting. Activities are facilitated by an experienced grower.

          Costs:

      • 2 hour session = £6 per student (minimum £45).
      • 4 hour session = £8.50 per student (minimum £80).

 

  • Grow-Cook-Eat workshops on the farm: Sessions starts with a farm tour followed by a cooking workshop facilitated by 2 trained Cook Club tutors. The children will cook with vegetables harvested themselves and eat a healthy lunch cooked altogether. Cooking element  includes skills training and healthy eating messages as well as nurturing a connection with food from field to fork. After the meal, tutors facilitate healthy eating activities followed by a physical activity facilitated by farm staff before the end of the session. Suitable for primary and secondary school children. Costings based on 15 pupils attending for 5 hours.

          Costs:

        • 5 hour session = £416
        • Costs negotiable depending on length of session and numbers of pupils.
  • After-school cook-clubs in your school: Bringing the farm to your school! Our trained Cook Club tutors deliver 2 hour after school cooking sessions for children and their parents. Sessions build cooking skills, increase confidence, introduce key healthy eating messages and engage participants on how food is grown and produced. Where possible tutors use vegetables grown at Sutton Community Farm. Suitable for Key Stage 2 (7 -11 years|). We offer a one – off cook – club or run a course of 6 sessions to include a farm visit at the end of the course. By running a 6 week course we find this is an excellent way to emphasis the key messages and build skills. Participants of previous courses have improved their cooking skills and eat less sugar and salt as a result of attending the sessions. Costings are based on 7 pupils plus 7 parents attending a 2 hour session.       

          Costs:

      • 2 hour one-off session = £244.
      • Costs for 6 week session available on request.
      • Relies upon school providing facilities to accommodate cooking.

 

When to come

Farming happens all year round, with different activities depending on the season. You’re more likely to have a comfortable visit during the Summer months than in the Winter. The farm is more vibrant and productive during late Summer and least productive in March/April.

School visits are possible on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Please contact the farm to check availability.

Facilitation

We have experienced facilitators and tutors that support our visitors and volunteers. They are passionate about food and educating people about small scale farming. In advance of your visit, we are happy to discuss special requirements and any specific learning outcomes related to food, agriculture and healthy lifestyles.

Health & Safety

We take Health & Safety seriously. Please familiarise yourself with the Code of Safe and Responsible Behaviour and our Health & Safety Policy and Risk Assessment.

We have our own risk assessment and we expect schools to also conduct their own risk assessment prior to visiting. We continue outside in most weather and only have basic shelter in our polytunnels. Our facilities are  basic; there is a compost toilet, hand-washing facilities and running water.

What to bring

  • Warm clothing and waterproofs, that you don’t mind getting muddy
  • Good footwear: boots or wellies
  • Gloves (preferably gardening gloves if you have them)
  • Sun protection e.g. sun lotion and a hat
  • A water bottle and snacks (if appropriate)

Getting to the farm

Please visit our website for detailed directions. The nearest train stations are Wallington and Carshalton. We encourage you to enjoy the pleasure of walking or cycling to the farm, which is a 25 minutes walk from these stations. Our address: 40a Telegraph Track, Wallington, SM6 0SH.

Important information if you are driving: Please park on Woodmansterne Lane or Flitton’s Nursery and enter through our gate (opposite Flitton’s Nursary). To get there, follow directions to SM6 0SW.

Social networks

During the day, please feel free to Tweet @SuttonFarm. You can also find us on at Facebook/SuttonFarm.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in organising a school trip to the farm, or have any questions please contact sonia@suttoncommunityfarm.org.uk. We welcome teachers to visit us prior to coming along with their class.