This week Fordhall Farm had a visit from a Walsall secondary school. Tens of students tumbled up Fordhalls drive for their first visit to an organic farm and for many, their first visit to a farm of any kind.
They were taken on a farm walk by Charlotte and in the afternoon lit a fire in the woodland and made jewellery using natural materials. When asked how many had been on a farm before or had even seen a live pig, only a handful put up their hands.
What seemed like an unruley bunch of city children soon turned out to be a group of enthusiastic learners, keen to understand about the function of worms in the soil, and the process of pig to pork.
One parent later emailed us and said:
"I would like to say thank you on behalf of my daughter who visited your farm today. It made a pleasant change to hear my daughter comment on what a wonderful time they had and how much she had learned from a school trip. In this day and age it was refreshing to know that the school ( Brownhills Community Technology College) had arranged an educational trip rather than one to a theme park or skating rink. School trips normally cost a small fortune so I was very surprised when my daughter informed me that this trip was only costing £2. Being as my daughter Laura enjoyed it so much I think that it's only fair that you should receive the average cost of one of their school trips so I have sent you £20 through PayPal. I hope that my other children who attend the school have the same chance to visit your wonderful farm as I'm a big believer in keeping Farming British and that British Food and produce is the best you can buy and that more should be done to support our Farmers
So I would like to say thank you."