Community

Treflach Farm Community Interest Company

Treflach Farm Community Interest Company is a not for profit redistribution organi- sation providing farm based care, educational opportunities and farm produced food products to the local and regional community. The organisation has steadily grown, since 2010, providing bespoke products and services direct to customers and via a range of public, private and third sector organisations and businesses.

We have 100 acres of grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, streams and a spring fed pool, so there is always something to see and do.

Today, with “Community Centred Farming” as the mantra, we are fully committed to building a resilient and sustainable community that reduces its dependency upon fossil fuels, regenerates the natural environment and nourishes local people.

We provide real life opportunities to work with animals and work on the land, which heightens enthusiasm and aims to benefit all who come here. We can provide weekly, term-time work experience and educational activities to take advantage of the seasonal changes on the farm.

What’s in it for participants?

  • Learn to work as part of a team

  • Learn to use a range of techniques and tools

  • Learn more about the world through working with plants that provide food

  • Improve mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement

  • Acquire new skills which improve the chances of finding employmentJust feel better for being outside, in touch with nature and in the 'great outdoors'

  • Improve people skills, such as relationships, communication and respectImprove self-confidence, self-esteem and motivation

Suggested horticulture activities for groups..

  • Prepare garden ground

  • Choose varieties of plants for growing

  • Plant seeds/seedlings of their choice

  • Weed around seedlings

  • Harvest fruit & vegetables

We also have a number of ancient woodlands, newer planted copses and orchards, which all need managing in different ways at different times of the year and much, much more...

What is animal welfare and how can it help?

Animal welfare is an integral part of what we do on Treflach Farm and means “the physical and psychological wellbeing of animals.

“Care farming” is a partnership between farmers, health care providers and participants, combining the care of people with the care of animals and the land. We offer meaningful farming activities which provide mental and physical health benefits for a wide range of people. We find that being close and working with our friendly farm animals makes a difference to all the people who meet them.

What’s in it for participants...

  • Improve physical range of motion, strength, endurance, balance, mobility, and sensation Increase inquisitiveness and recollection

  • Rapport building

  • Increase self-confidence and self-esteem

  • Extend concentration time-span

  • Reduce stress with calmer and more relaxed responses

  • Increase confidence with animals

  • Increase confidence with people

  • More smiles and a sense of fun!

Suggested animal welfare activities for groups...

  • Collect chicken/duck eggs

  • Clean nesting boxes

  • Feed animals

  • Give animals fresh water

  • Give animals clean beds

  • Tend to Pig Forest Garden

  • Build and maintain compost piles

What you need to know...

Our farm staff can help your group by:
Planning each day's work with individuals
Setting tasks according to the physical and mental needs/abilities of individuals
Demonstrating the use of tools and materials to ensure they are used safely
Helping individuals record their tasks by writing simple summaries or drawing pictures
Helping individuals to develop confidence and self- esteem through their work
Assisting individuals to improve their social and practcal skills
Encouraging individuals to gain pleasure from being outside.

Our qualified leader will take groups of (recommended) six people (including any adults/carers) through a structured yet flexible programme of farm based learning activities. These care days follow the term time calendar and are designed to provide vocational work based learning to people of varying abilities.

  • Timings

    A typical Farm Care Day will start at 10am and finish at 3pm, but we tailor any day to suit your requirements.

  • Refreshments

    Hot and cold drinks are provided throughout the day. Lunches can also be supplied to suit any budget.

  • Equal Opportunities

    We are able to cater for groups with special needs, please ask for further details on booking.

  • Health and Safety

    We have trained first aiders on site. CRB checks, insurance, vulnerable people poli- cies and risk assessments are all in place and references from previous customers are available upon request.

Treflach Farm, Treflach, Shropshire, SY10 9HX (01691) 654321

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