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A farm with a purpose

Over the past 5 years, Roedean's very own farm has been teaching animal husbandry to the girls, bringing awareness of farming and livestock.
21 Oct 2020
School News

Nestled in the hills of the South Downs, with a view of the English Channel, the Roedean farm has five sheep from a mixture of breeds including Oxford, Jacob and a rare local breed aptly named South Downs. Alongside the sheep, the farm has a flock of chickens which include Bantam chickens that were hand-reared by the girls, as well as five friendly goats.

Not only are the animals used to develop awareness of farming and livestock, but are also embedded academically within the Biology, Geography and PSHE curriculum studying issues such as conservation and sustainability.  Farm Club and Farm Prefect positions provide the girls with the opportunity to spend invaluable time outside in the sea air and assist with the daily care of the animals. The goats even make an appearance at the Christmas fair to help play their part in raising money for the dedicated charities.

Last spring, after a successful lambing season, Roedean was able to hand over four spare ewes to East Clayton farm, a charity which helps to integrate marginalised young people through their alternative provision programme. In return, the Roedean farm received Bantam hens, which provide the girls and staff with fresh eggs.

Traditionally our partner school Deepdene Nursery and Prep School visited the farm frequently, however due to the current pandemic these visits are planned to be held virtually. We have really missed welcoming Deepdene to the farm and cannot wait until they are able to visit the animals in person in the future.

You can keep up to date with news from the farm by following @RoedeanFarm on Twitter. 

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