Active Assisted Needs Education

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Active Assisted Needs Education

£6 Per Person

Under 1 Years Go Free

Available year round, 1 hour activity, max 12 spaces

Whether using a wheelchair or concentrating so hard when sowing seeds, you can come along and learn the knowledge and skills of farming, which you can transfer back into your school and allotment. Come and have fun with Marie caring for our pet pigs, Pinky & Dotty, and donkeys, Keiran and Johnny as well as learning to grow your own fruit and vegetables to gain skills that can be used in your school, allotment and caring for your pets. You can book last minute or in advance.

As always the weather dictates the tasks of the day throughout all seasons. Our lessons plan takes this into consideration and is individually tailored to your needs based on weather, season, animal care required for that day, length of visit and the abilities and ages of the individuals.


“Our main thing about coming to Farming in the Field is to be doing this with others. We do lots of activities ( including a very productive veg plot) at home but it’s good for both of us to be out doing activities mixing with other enthusiastic people. To have something like you are offering is great as you welcome everyone and are inclusive. I’m sure there will be a mixture of people, and you are definitely enthusiastic.”


“Carronhill states that pupils have been involved with sowing, planting, caring for and harvesting crops on the farm. They have been instructed on and then participated with caring for animals by helping to look after the needs and health of the pigs on the farm.”


“To date, the work on the farm and shop has helped Carronhill pupils to get SQA awards at level 1 and 2 in Finding Out About the World of Work, Science in the Environment – Living Things & Managing and Environmental Area and Employment Skills – Agriculture and Horticulture & Working With Animals.”


“Literacy and numeracy skills have been enhanced by carrying out tasks on the farm and in the shop. This allows them to use these skills in a real life setting, such as following verbal instructions and weighing produce in the shop.”

Quick Details


  • 1 Hour Activity
  • Free Parking for Bus or Car
  • Free Vinyl Latex Gloves Provided
  • Wheelchair Access to indoor teaching room and when ground firm outside to our fields and polytunnels
  • High Visible Vests Provided
  • Disinfectant Handwash Facility
  • Disinfectant Wellie Wash Facility

Booking Times


  • Monday : 10am until 6pm
  • Tuesday : 10am until 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am until 6pm
  • Thursday : 10am until 5pm
  • Friday : 10am until 5pm
  • Sunday: 10am & 11am
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Outdoor Clothing & Footwear is Required?
  • A waterproof outer clothing as an ‘All in One’ or jacket and trousers
  • Closed-toed waterproof boots or shoes
  • Please avoid wearing shorts and short sleeves
  • Gardening gloves, if you have please
  • Sunscreen
2. If it is snowing, raining or windy will we be outside?
  • If the weather is unsuitable for your visit outside we will use our polytunnels or indoor teaching area instead.
3. Do you provide toilet facilities?
  • Currently no, however we do aim to provide toilet facilities in the future.
General Rules, Cancellation & Rescheduling
General Rules:
  • A liability waiver must be thoroughly read and signed. Parents and Guardians must sign a waiver for children 16 years old and younger.
  • Smoking is not allowed.
  • Check-in time is 5 minutes before session begins.
  • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who we feel would put our staff, other participants, or themselves in danger.
Policies:

We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule all booked visits up until the day a visit is due to occur in the event of;

  • Unsafe weather conditions
  • Unforeseen ill health
  • Unexpected life event
Rescheduling:

Cancellation more than 14 days prior to your booked visit:

  • We will aim to reschedule your visit
  • A maximum of ONE rescheduling is permitted

Cancellation less than 14 days prior to your booked visit:

  • We will aim to reschedule if a valid medical reason and proof are provided. Without proof we cannot reschedule.
Cancellation:

Cancellation more than 14 days prior to your booked visit:

  • You can receive a 100% refund

Cancellation less than 14 days prior to your booked visit:

  • No refund will be available
  • If a valid medical reason and proof are provided, we will reschedule your booking
Covid 19 Policy

Your safety is our concern and we strictly adhere to all goverment guidelines on Covid 19 . You will kindly be asked to ensure.

  • You keep a two meter distance apart, inside and ouside
  • Masks are worn inside

We provide handwash and disinfectant wellie-wash facilities as well as latex free displosable gloves.

Meet the stars of our educational visits

Our pet Kune Kune pigs Pinky & Dotty and donkeys Kieran & Johnny

What You Can Learn

  • Assisting the provision of fresh straw for bedding for the pigs or donkeys.
  • Grooming the donkeys and oiling the skin for the pigs skincare. 
  • Ticking the boxes on the health care checklist of assessing the pigs or donkeys whilst feeding and providing fresh water to them.
  • Moving the mobile fence to allow the pigs to eat more vegetables left in the field for them to eat.

Winter Farming

December – February


Winter Time Keeps Us Busy With…

  • Crop Planning
  • Soil Analysis & Preparation
  • Indoor Sowing
  • Animal Care
  • Bush/Cane Care
  • Harvesting Winter Crop
  • Caring for Our Wildlife

What You Can Learn

  • How to get hold of soil and learn to analyse it for fertility with a worm count.
  • Seeing and understanding how our soil is prepared with our livestock manure, digging or ploughing and liming.
  • Understanding why prior preparation prevents poor performance by planning for the next years growing seasons with an understanding of the type of ROOT, BRASSICAS and OTHER crops with crop rotation.
  • How to cut fruit canes and bushes of last year’s growth to allow this year fruiting canes to grow.
  • If the soil is not frozen and it is not raining then we show you how we lift off the blanket of nets to allow us to dig our carrots, parsnips and cut your brussel stalks and kale for you to take home as there may be the risk of further frosts and rain! Take the opportunity while the weather allows you.

Spring Farming

March – May


Spring Time Keeps Us Busy With…

  • Bed Preparation
  • Animal Care
  • Indoor Sowing & Planting
  • Outdoor Sowing & Planting
  • Plant Care
  • Mulching
  • Pest Control
  • Weed Control
  • Caring for Our Wildlife

What You Can Learn

  • How to stage preparation of seedlings for inside and outside growing for extending the full season for each vegetable.
  • How to use frost protection for sown seeds to germinate and protect planted seedlings.
  • Set up post and wire support for peas, beans and cucumbers to grow up.
  • Looking at the planting plan, weather and stage of the season to establish what seeds need to be sown to germinate inside, under a frost protection or outside.
  • Observing the weather, temperature, feeling the soil for texture and warmth to decide when to plant seedlings or sow direct into the ground and if frost protection is required.
  • Assess our Rhubarb, Wild Garlic and Asparagus plants as to when to pick their stems for you to take home.

Summer Farming

June – August


Summer Time Keeps Us Busy With…

  • Harvesting
  • Animal Care
  • Outdoor Sowing
  • Plant Care
  • Mulching
  • Pest Control
  • Weed Control
  • Caring for Our Wildlife

What You Can Learn

  • How to trim pumpkins for sunshine and air to reduce mould and rot and allow only the biggest pumpkins to grow.
  • Look after our insects that pollinate our fruit, peas, beans, pumpkins, courgettes and cucumbers.
  • Education of the lifespan of fruit from winter cutting of canes, spring pollination, summer pest control to the actual careful picking for you to taste or take home.
  • Learn how to recognise how the different vegetables are grown and when our pea or bean pods are full and ready to pick for the tastiest peas.
  • Techniques of how to carefully choose cucumbers, courgettes, kale, cabbage, lettuce, spinach and broccoli when they are at their best quality and how to pick them individually.
  • Learn how to recognise how to choose when onions, carrots and potatoes are suitable for harvesting. For example, onions and potatoes have green stems when actively growing then the stems topple over when ready to lift. Carrots have green ferns and the larger the fern the bigger the carrot below.
  • Train peas, beans and cucumber plants up wire nets, supports them for easier picking.

Autumn Farming

September – November


Autumn Time Keeps Us Busy With…

  • Harvesting
  • Animal Care
  • Pest Control
  • Weed Control
  • Frost Control
  • Caring for Our Wildlife

What You Can Learn

  • Best way to trim brussel stalks for sunshine and wind to reduce mould and rot.
  • Allowing you to recognise how vegetables are grown. For example, pumpkins grow from vines on the ground.
  • Identifying how to choose which vegetable of carrots, onions, leeks, peas, beans, cucumbers, potatoes, courgettes, pumpkins, broccoli, brussel stalks, kale and cabbage are suitable to harvest for you to take home.
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