Youth Opportunities

From February 2020 we are changing how Wellgate Community Farm engages with young people thanks to a new project funded by The Jack Petchey Foundation.

Here’s a quick run-down of our new-look youth offerings…

Age 3-7: Beaks & Squeaks

Our youngest young farmers will continue to join our Beaks & Squeaks events. Introduced in 2019, these 2-hour sessions children meet The Beaks and The Squeaks with their parents/carers then do some themed crafts.

£8 per session, booking essential.

Age 3-7: Herbies!

New for 2020, Herbies! is an alternative event for the under-8’s where intrepid youngsters engage with nature, mud, and plant seeds on the farm and to take home.

£8 per session, booking essential.

Age 8-10: Farmer For A Day

Farmer For A Day allows children to get a taste for farming by spending the day with us. They get to learn what farming is like and how we care for livestock – including the mucky jobs!

No experience required. £20 per session, booking essential.

Age 11-17: Give Something Back Project

With a huge thanks to The Jack Petchey Foundation, we now have funding available for staff to supervise 2020 hours of volunteering in 2020!

We are looking for young people aged 11-17 to join us for weekday volunteering (outside school/college time) throughout 2020. After a brief induction we have a wide range of opportunities for volunteers. These include caring for our animals, helping to grow crops in our community garden, improving farm facilities for visitors, helping in the shop, creating content for our website and more.

Previous farm experience is not needed. Places are limited. Please Contact Us if you or your child is interested in joining us.

Age 8-15: Young Farmers

Our long-running Young Farmers scheme is a regular weekend session. We introduce Young people to all areas of our farm, starting with small animals and working up to large livestock. Under supervision, Young Farmers learn the five freedoms, and how to do animal health checks and basic treatments.

They also develop confidence, representing us at events and showing our animals to the public. We encourage the development of teamwork and coach them in leadership skills. The highlight of the year is showing our animals and produce at the London City Farms and Community Gardens Harvest Festival.

£6 per week, our waiting list for new applications is currently closed.