“One of my children came to your farm this year (she’s actually in the promo film) and I was so proud of her for what she’d done. It was really great to see such a difference!!”
The experiences that are delivered at Shallowford Farm are transforming in so many ways;
The simple acquiring of knowledge, broadens their understanding
The exposure to wide open spaces, gives them “space to think”
The caring for animals that are dependent on a gentle approach, quietens a restless spirit
The need for others to help in completing a farm task, generates cooperation and consideration, a sense of belonging, being needed and valued
The peacefulness of the animal’s environment changes attitudes to the farming industry
The concern for the wellbeing of each animal generates a caring and respectful nature
The reflections around the fire in the evening accepts different views and opinions, nurturing tolerance, acceptance and understanding.
The understanding of wild places develops a love and concern for its future conservation
The exercise and fresh air produces rosy cheeks and an appreciation of feeling fitter.
The new experiences stimulates future pathways – “I definitely want to work in food production/with animals/be a vet/find a job outdoors…”
These can all apply to visitors of every age and background, everyone leaves the farm different to when they arrived and so many return for more – “I must get back to the farm”!
“ I have not been as happy as I have been today for a very long time”
– Young person, Ashburton, 2018