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City to Farm 2019 – Help Us Meet Our Target

City to Farm 2019 – Help Us Meet Our Target

10 riders will be cycling from Providence House to East Shallowford Farm between 25-29th August 2019. We are raising funds to help continue the vital work of these 2 amazing charities. Please give generously by clicking here. Or by clicking the …

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Wonderful Summer

Wonderful Summer

As the schools planned for their end of year activities, Shallowford provided the magic that would carry them through the summer and beyond. To different age groups, Shallowford provides different things. However, the magic tends to fall into one of …

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Thank you to our Amazing Volunteers

Thank you to our Amazing Volunteers

The summer has continued with many groups, day visitors, amazing volunteers (Big Hannah has worked miracles to keep us neat and tidy whilst entertaining and myriad of small people), whilst Small Hannah re-arranged the chirping chicks which are growing at …

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History Revealed

History Revealed

The Caravan was not the only historic entity to vanish over the weekend. So did one of the stables once built by Malcolm (then a young lad from Battersea, now a trustee living in Plymouth). This project has exposed a …

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Bins for Food, Bins for Muck

Bins for Food, Bins for Muck

In between our core business, Will Dracup has been busy making sure we remain efficient and up to quality agricultural standards. With help from a local building firm, two bins were moulded from cement, to hold the pig muck and …

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Wonderful Summer

As the schools planned for their end of year activities, Shallowford provided the magic that would carry them through the summer and beyond. To different age groups, Shallowford provides different things. However, the magic tends to fall into one of two categories: a door opening to a new world never before explored. Once that tiny crack of adventure is opened, the embers of curiosity and joy are ever open and will last the lifetime of that child into adulthood and beyond. To older children, Shallowford acts as a reset button. Fear, anxiety, self-absorption, aggression, chaos and anger dissolves into tender care and concern at the sight of a tiny chick, a dog who just loves to be hugged or a piglet that is nestling its little snout to its mother’s teat.

In June two very different groups came to join us. The first had requested STEM training – which for the uninitiated is Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths! Starting on the evening they arrived, Kate, our bookkeeper had developed some heady sums around rates of pig feed, growth, butcher’s costs and possible profit margins. Throughout the week these keen academic students marched across fields to understand how Gail and Miles’s leat powers the entire farm with electricity, helped turn the freshly sheared sheep, weighed all the pigs, discussing the attributes of various methods for calculating averages and remained awe struck by the silent and happy cows at the robotic dairy farm!

Our second group spanned two weeks, as the entire class from Plymouth mini-bused through the wiggly lanes to see and understand moorland agricultural life.

The Primary School of lively and excited children, were keen to muck out pigs but also to learn why trees had different shaped leaves, what was the difference between hay and silage and just to listen. Not to silence, but the wild chatter of nature that as humans we so readily block out, but once heard, calms the chaos of traumatised lives.

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By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established;

Prov 24 v.3

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The Shallowford Trust – A charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England & Wales
Registered office: East Shallowford Farm, Widecombe in the Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ13 7PW
Charity number: 1105186 Company no: 4430825