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Activities on the farm

There is always a lot going on at the farm, and many ways in which you can get involved. You can learn new practical skills and get first hand experience of life on a farm and how to look after the animals.
Activities on the farm

​Volunteering on the farm

The farm runs an adult volunteer scheme for people with an interest in animals or ​community gardening to help out on the site and at events that we hold throughout the year.

There is also a young volunteer scheme for 12-17 year olds over the weekends and some school holidays.
 
Volunteers may help with all sorts of jobs at the farm, including:
  • feeding animals
  • mucking out
  • moving animals from houses to field
  • sweeping the yard
  • collecting eggs
  • grooming animals
  • gardening duties
And lots more!

For background information and and how to apply for all volunteering roles please select the relevant PDF:
Adult Volunteer Scheme information leaflet Not all the jobs are easy but they are all equally important to look after the farm for the animals and visitors.

Fill in an application form to become an adult volunteer or a community garden volunteer.


Adult volunteers must attend an informal interview and induction then you can start straight away!

To become a young volunteer you will need to get a parent/carer to fill in a form and also attend an introductory meeting with the Farm Manager/Assistant Farm Manager.
Junior Volunteer sessions run mainly at weekends in half-day blocks rom 10am-1pm and 1-3.30pm or 4.30pm.

Application forms

To find out more about volunteering at the farm, please ask a member of staff on site or email Paul.Youles@newham.gov.uk​ (volunteering only).
 
 

Be a farmer for a day and Care for a pony for day

Younger children (age 8–12) can take part in a ‘Be a farmer’ or ‘Care for a pony’ days - a chance to get close to the animals and to learn about the way the farm works. These days are a great way to keep active in the holidays and are held during the school holidays and half-term.

We can also provide farm experience days tailored for adults.

Booking form


 

Care farming

Newham City Farm's Care Farming Service is a therapeutic programme of support that uses farming, including animal care and gardening, to benefit adults with a variety of learning needs, health conditions, social barriers and disabilities.

We work closely with our clients, their parents and carers, to tailor a package that will enable them to thrive within the calming farm environment.
 
Clients will have the opportunity to:
  • attend a weekly sessions at Newham City Farm supported by a qualified member of staff
  • carry out a range of farm related tasks in a positive and focused training environment
  • develop new transferable skills
  • meet new people and develop confidence and self-esteem.
For more information and to register for care farming email theresa.salmon@newham.gov.uk
 
 

Clubs

Mini Young Farmers 

Saturdays 11am-1pm 
8-12 years 

A great introduction to farming for the younger age group and natural progression through to volunteering when reach 12! 



Pony club 

Sundays 2.30-4pm
8-12 years 

Children can build their confidence around horses and ponies using a range of related activity. This is not a riding club although there is sometimes ridden sessions. 



Bugs and Boots  

Sundays 1-2.30pm 

A family gardening and nature club suitable for all ages and abilities. Activities include gardening, bug hunting, crafts and cooking. Children under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.  


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