The aim of the course is to learn about plants, how to grow them and Health and Safety in the garden. You will learn to sow seeds, prick out seedlings, identify parts of a plant, plant out, weed, feed, water and harvest a range of vegetables. You will help to plan what we grow in each plot and select produce to be sold in the farm shop as well as help maintain the gardens at the college houses. You will learn to identify and use a range of hand tools as well as using a petrol mower and cultivator under supervision.
Learning, Knowledge and Skills
You will learn about plants and gardens and grow plants to sell in the college farm shop as well as for planting in college house gardens. You will undertake projects in the community, including: conservation work, working in a local quarry as well as undertaking work experience at local garden centres.
Progression and the Future
With the skills and experience of working in the college and local community, you could secure paid or supported employment or voluntary work in a Garden Centre or for a Gardener or Landscaping Company. You could also gain employment by supporting others to maintain their own gardens.
Fairfield Farm College is a Specialist College for students with learning disabilities; it is a registered Charity, with residential, day and weekend courses. We are situated in the village of Dilton Marsh in Wiltshire. Our 26-acre farm site includes well-resourced teaching and vocational learning areas, a student common room, conference room, café and a farm shop.
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