Land Based Studies. Incorporates all the learning activities on site and also has progression routes off site. There are tested qualification routes in all areas that enhance the prospect of students finding relevant and meaningful employment.
FARM BASED LEARNING
Farm Based Learning Students are actively involved in all aspects of farm management and animal care. Our herd of Dexter cows was chosen for its size and suitability for handling by our students. The sheep and pigs provide further hands on experience. The students will learn about other aspects of farm management, including stock rotation, pasture management, field maintenance and egg production. Our large laying flock provides eggs for the houses on site and a steady supply for sale at the college reception. Where possible, all meat used in the college kitchens is produced on the farm. A Small Animal area provides experience of animal handling for those students interested in working with pets and smaller animals. It can offer a hands-on practical training in handling and caring for animals kept as pets, as well as rare breed and other poultry.
Camphill Wakefield’s gardens and orchards provide many of the vegetables and fruit used on site. This provides students with the ability to understand how their food arrives at the table, alongside developing practical skills needed in the workplace. The two acre vegetable garden is run using organic methods and forms a lively and vibrant learning experience. Students produce jams, chutneys, hanging baskets and Christmas wreaths, which are sold on site and at craft fairs.
Practical horticultural skills are taught, including grass management, hedge cutting, hard and soft landscaping and construction projects. Students learn skills they need for supported employment on placement sites and environmental projects, both in Camphill Wakefield and externally.
Recent conservation and environmental projects have included working alongside other local community groups to create a community-based tree nursery. Students gain practical experience of estate management which includes using hand and powered tools in a real work environment
HORSE CARE AND RIDING
Wakefield Riding for the Disabled Association is based at Camphill Wakefield, providing for over 100 riders' lessons each week in either our indoor and outdoor riding arenas, or on local bridle paths, including Newmillerdam Country Park. We can arrange for Camphill Wakefield students to take part in horse riding and stable management sessions, working alongside RDA staff and volunteers. Students who enjoy competing can work towards attending the RDA Regional and National Championships.