20 June 2016 – Hedgerow Feasts, Cow’s Stomach feasts, Tasty feasts.

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Jun 202016
 
20 June 2016 - Hedgerow Feasts, Cow's Stomach feasts, Tasty feasts.

Hedgerow feasts –.We look at some of the plants and animals you may find in a hedgerow and how we can link these in food chains.
Cow’s stomach feasts – We look at how ruminants rely of micro-beasts in their 4 stomachs to help them digest grass making them very important to food production as this allows us to produce food from land we would not otherwise be able to use.
Tasty feasts – We look at how strawberries are produced in time for Wimbledon snacks

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Jun 062016
 
6 June 2016: Summer in the farming year

Allotment – Snails a pest to farmers and gardeners. Have some fun with a snail race
Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops.

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May 162016
 
16 May 2016: Green Green Growth of May

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 032016
 
3 May 2016: April showers - still!

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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Apr 152016
 
18 April 2016 - Ides of March - come and gone....

Planning done! – Planning over down to planting on the Allotment, with bean, peas, parsnips and catch crops.
Busy bees Busy Farmers –Shows bees busy pollinating tomatoes, and farmers busy in the fields, fertilising winter crops and sowing spring crops.
Secret Calves and lambs? – Explains how we have so far been unsuccessful in catching calves being born on film, but how we are more confident of catching lambs being born as our farmer has 2000 ewes to lamb. We see these ewes being brought inside, fed and vaccinated in preparation for lambing.

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14 March 2016 Science Week STEM Special

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Mar 112016
 
14 March 2016 Science Week STEM Special

The ABC of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths in Food Production (ABC STEM in Food Production) has been produced for science week (13-22 March 2015) but it can be used at any time so don’t worry if your science week is already over flowing with science! This will give you a taste of the experience of having a farm yard in your classroom – but without the muck and without the smells!

The ABC STEM in Food Production gives the ABC’s of the part science, technology, engineering & maths play in modern food production. See how Bees, Cows, Digestion, Evolution, Fermentation….. Interactive screen and Lasers play a part in modern food production.

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14 September 2015 – Bringing in the harvest

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Sep 142015
 
14 September 2015 - Bringing in the harvest

The harvesting of crops – shows farmers harvesting various crops such as cereals, potatoes peas. Also shows how a combine harvester threshes the corn in one process
The Harvesting of grass – Shows livestock harvesting grass to make milk for their offspring. Shows lambs being weighed to see if they are heavy enough for sending to market.
Harvesting our garden – What has been harvested in our garden over the summer.

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6 July 2015 – Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

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Jul 042015
 
6 July 2015 - Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

Out and about in summer – Give Mario a break! Things to look out this summer. Also looks at some outdoor activities for school and summer holidays.
How are crops doing? – Looks at how crops we saw planted in spring are doing in early summer. How bees have harvested the fields of yellow to make honey.
Dairy Products– Shows milk being processed to produce cream for your Wimbledon Strawberries and then bottled as either Whole, Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Also explains why milk is an excellent drink for athletes or after any exercise

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22 June 2015 – Hedgerow Feasts, Cow’s Stomach feasts, Tasty feasts.

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Jun 202015
 
22 June 2015 - Hedgerow Feasts, Cow's Stomach feasts, Tasty feasts.

Hedgerow feasts –.We look at some of the plants and animals you may find in a hedgerow and how we can link these in food chains.
Cow’s stomach feasts – We look at how ruminants rely of micro-beasts in their 4 stomachs to help them digest grass making them very important to food production as this allows us to produce food from land we would not otherwise be able to use.
Tasty feasts – We look at how strawberries are produced in time for Wimbledon snacks

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Jun 072015
 
8 June 2015: Summer in the farming year

Allotment – Snails a pest to farmers and gardeners. Have some fun with a snail race
Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops.

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May 182015
 
18 May 2015: Green Green Growth of May

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 042015
 
5 May 2015: April showers - still!

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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16 March 2015 Science Week STEM Special

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Mar 152015
 
16 March 2015 Science Week STEM Special

The ABC of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths in Food Production (ABC STEM in Food Production) has been produced for science week (13-22 March 2015) but it can be used at any time so don’t worry if your science week is already over flowing with science! This will give you a taste of the experience of having a farm yard in your classroom – but without the muck and without the smells!

The ABC STEM in Food Production gives the ABC’s of the part science, technology, engineering & maths play in modern food production. See how Bees, Cows, Digestion, Evolution, Fermentation….. Interactive screen and Lasers play a part in modern food production.

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8 September 2014 – Bringing in the harvest

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Sep 082014
 
8 September 2014 - Bringing in the harvest

The harvesting of crops – shows farmers harvesting various crops such as cereals, potatoes peas. Also shows how a combine harvester threshes the corn in one process
The Harvesting of grass – Shows livestock harvesting grass to make milk for their offspring. Shows lambs being weighed to see if they are heavy enough for sending to market.
Harvesting our garden – What has been harvested in our garden over the summer.

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14 July 2014 – Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

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Jul 112014
 
14 July 2014 - Summer Crops, Dairy Products Things to do over Summer.

Out and about in summer – Give Mario a break! Things to look out this summer. Also looks at some outdoor activities for school and summer holidays.
How are crops doing? – Looks at how crops we saw planted in spring are doing in early summer. How bees have harvested the fields of yellow to make honey.
Dairy Products– Shows milk being processed to produce cream for your Wimbledon Strawberries and then bottled as either Whole, Skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. Also explains why milk is an excellent drink for athletes or after any exercise

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30 June 2014 – Not all…..

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Jun 292014
 
30 June 2014 - Not all.....

Cow’s stomach feasts – We look at how ruminants rely of micro-beasts in their 4 stomachs to help them digest grass making them very important to food production as this allows us to produce food from land we would not otherwise be able to use.
Tasty feasts – We look at how strawberries are produced in time for Wimbledon snacks
Celery – How to plant trench celery.

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Jun 142014
 
16 June 2014: Summer in the farming year

Allotment – Snails a pest to farmers and gardeners. Have some fun with a snail race
Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops

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May 292014
 
2 June 2014: Green Green Growth of June

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 172014
 
19 May 2014: April shower - not always in April

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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May 052014
 
5 May 2014: Spring - What does it mean to you?

Prepare for your preparers! – Planting potatoes in your garden, allotment or on your patio
Calving – We finally manage to capture some cows calving on film – full graphic details so beware! We show how soon a newborn calf is up and suckling it’s mother’s milk and also how the farmer’s jobs and responsibilities for this calf start from day 1
Sowing and harvesting – Whilst farmers are busy sowing crops such as peas and wheat in the fields, growers are already harvesting some of the crops like cucumbers, which are grown under glass.

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Mar 222014
 
24 March 2014 - Ides of March - come and gone....

Planning done! – Planning over down to planting on the Allotment, with bean, peas, parsnips and catch crops.
Busy bees Busy Farmers –Shows bees busy pollinating tomatoes, and farmers busy in the fields, fertilising winter crops and sowing spring crops.
Secret Calves and lambs? – Explains how we have so far been unsuccessful in catching calves being born on film, but how we are more confident of catching lambs being born as our farmer has 2000 ewes to lamb. We see these ewes being brought inside, fed and vaccinated in preparation for lambing.

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Mar 072014
 
10 March 2014 - Nature knows....

The snow hath retreated – Looks at the signs of spring. What can you look for as an indication that spring has sprung! Also how you and your school can get involved with helping scientists analyse if spring is getting earlier like some people believe.
Beating the weather? –Another visit to the greenhouses to see how the tomatoes are progressing, as well as cucumbers and surprisingly strawberries.
The weather can kill! – This follows our newborn piglets through to weaning, looking at what different systems are available for rearing pigs and how the UK pig herd has some of the highest welfare standards in the world – which we should be supporting if we believe in animal welfare.

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Jan 242014
 
27 January 2014 - Beyond the Farm and digging allotment

Grow4.me.uk – Digging our new allotment- We have started digging our allotment – see how we have got on. Follow our allotment on the Grow4.Me website – visit Grow4.Me now
Milk beyond the farm – Shows that the safety of this important foodstuff starts with storage on the farm and then shows how it is treated to keep it safe to consume and then how it is packed into the cartons of liquid milk you buy as a consumer.
Potatoes beyond the farm – This shows how the surplus of harvest is stored and gradually used to keep the shops of Britain supplied year round – without the need for ‘fresh’ imports of potatoes from abroad as some shops would have you believe. It also shows how one of our favourite potato products is made – Crisps!

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Jan 082014
 
13 January 2014 - Computers in Agriculture + New Allotment

Farm Animals and Computers – Shows how computers are used to monitor pigs feeding during pregnancy and also how they are used to help farmers weigh ingredients so they can mix the correct food ingredients for cattle. It also shows how even milking cows and goats is helped by the use of computer to monitor how much milk is produced.
In your local Greenhouse – Shows how machines are used to plant seeds then how computers and robots are used to then sort the growing seedlings. It also shows how human input is still needed for many jobs that computers cannot do – yet!.
Grow4.me.uk – Starting a new allotment- We have started a new allotment to help you with your growing in school

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Sep 022013
 
9 September 2013 - Bringing in the Harvest.

The harvesting of crops – shows farmers harvesting various crops such as cereals, potatoes peas. Also shows how a combine harvester threshes the corn in one process
The Harvesting of grass – Shows livestock harvesting grass to make milk for their offspring. Shows lambs being weighed to see if they are heavy enough for sending to market.
The harvesting of flowers by bees – Why this is so important and how we can help bees to survive the winter

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