We are a registered charity based at Northfleet School for Girls in Kent. Our aim is to educate students and the local community in various aspects of farming, including agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, food production, healthy eating, and protection and improvement of the natural environment.
Our Key Stage 3 students really enjoy their time on the farm.
The links with healthy living and our science and technology curriculums move through into landbased and animal management qualification opportunities. In addition we welcome visiting primary and special schools to experience the farm environment with supported activity events.
The wildlife pond has been part of our Eco projects and apples from the orchard and fruit bushes have been harvested and cooked in school.
Local groups also access the area and take an active role in maintaining and supporting the farm. Kasbah volunteers are frequent visitors with students coming from Ifield and other local schools.
We welcomed our first chickens to the site in March 2016 and these were shortly followed by rabbits and guinea-pigs as permanent residents which are cared for by farm club members.
We have added to our farm gradually with the introduction of ducks, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. We have goats that we foster from Buttercups Goat Sanctuary and bees with the support of Dartford Beekeepers Association. We will continue expanding the farm and are looking forward to raising our first lambs this year!
We are privileged to work in partnership with our trustees,and with the support of other local schools, residents, organisations and key stakeholders.
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Northfleet School for Girls
Northfleet School for Girls came to the Hall Road site in 1950 and, at that time, an integral part of the school curriculum was a fully operational school farm including chickens, geese, sheep and goats.
The school has maintained a horticultural element to its curriculum and works with students in what will be our new farm area growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. The wildlife pond has been part of our Eco projects, fruit and vegetables from our orchard and allotment are harvested and served in the school canteen.
The area is a key link to both science and technology lessons and student Eco awareness.
In the 2011/12 academic year in conjunction with Groundwork South, the Moveable Feast Project (also involving Haig Gardens in Gravesend) focused on increasing opportunities to use the vegetable growing area. The project was also supported by Kent Probation Service as part of their community rehabilitation programme.
Our plan for the area shown is to re-establish the farm area not just for use by Northfleet School for Girls but as a community and environmental education centre, working in partnership with Ifield School and with the support of other local schools, local residents, organisations and key stakeholders.
We hope you enjoy our video tour of the farm site.
To learn more about our facilities please click the link below.
Farm Day 2018
Our annual Farm Day took place on Saturday June 30th 2018.
Pond dipping, meeting the animals, arts and crafts and much more - what a day!
Learn about the activities available to students and members of the local area.
Students from all years follow the care rotas for Guinea Pigs, Chickens, and Degus. We plant and harvest fruit and vegetables, which are used in the school canteen. We also play games and take part in craft activities to raise funds, such as making hanging baskets and baking dog biscuits.
We also offer a Saturday Farm Club for children aged 10+. We offer a range of activities, including horticulture, animal care, and environmental awareness.