YEAR 11 food students from the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis recently visited River Cottage HQ at Home Farm, near Axminster.
Staff and students were welcomed by Roly, head of livestock, and Adam, head of the garden, at celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s headquarters.
The students were wrapped up warm in coats and wellies to ward against the gusting winds which whipped across the valley. They were eager to see first-hand, how the working farm keeps within the organic status they have achieved by raising cattle and plants to very high standards.
Students were shown how animal welfare is at the heart of the ethos of the farm and were given the opportunity to feed the Red Devon cattle and the sheep, kept in fields around the main buildings.
A short walk to the cottage garden and poly tunnels allowed the students to see how stock rotation keeps the kitchens at Home Farm stocked with fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables all year round.
The staff gave an in depth talk on the importance of compost on the farm, how much they use each year, and the best way to produce it.
During a walk through the kitchen garden, students were encouraged to try the yellow raspberries, edible flowers, and the vast array of herbs cultivated in the garden.
The final port of call was to see the hybrid chickens that produce around 30 eggs per day. Overall it was a very enjoyable and informative experience.