The Community Farm, Chew Valley

OK, so not really farming, but Talitha and I had great fun a few weeks ago going along to an early years cookery class at The Community Farm in the Chew Valley between Bristol and Bath.

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The fact that we’d chosen possibly the wettest day of the year to go didn’t wreck our time at all. Rather, it reminded me of how important it is that we continue to get outdoors in all sorts of weather.

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We went along with Jess and Cherry from Along Came Cherry – a treat in itself. I love that learning to drive has given us the freedom to go to places like this and to see friends who live a fair distance away.

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The kids walked around, learning about the plants, spotting slugs who were loving the rain and picking some bits for the stir fry and snacks they were going to make later.

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The cookery bit happened undercover in a gorgeous yurt dedicated to educational purposes. They munched on a few bits before the cooking began. The experience encouraged Talitha to try cucumber for the first time and admit that she likes it!

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The kids all got to be as hands-on with the cooking as they wanted, with the help of surprisingly effective plastic knives.

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This didn’t mean my child would eat the stir fry, mind, but she tried it and I think it’s a definite step in the right direction getting her outdoors and letting her get involved in a meal from start to finish.

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This is what I’ve been doing with our vegetable garden too but I’m sure the atmosphere of being on a big, beautiful farm like this one and hanging out with other kids is a tad more effective. It solidified to me not just that she needs to be outdoors but that she needs to connect with growing things.

Joining in with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids


12 Comments

  1. September 17, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    This looks fantastic. Do you know, if it’s a regular thing as it’s just up the road from us and looks like something that Amy would enjoy. Well done to Talitha for trying new foods. We’ve got stir-fry almost once a week…
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    • September 17, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      They were talking about making it a regular thing when we were there. I’d sign up for their newsletter. That’s how we found out about it.

    • September 17, 2014 / 3:45 pm

      I really wanted to go to that. Also, so envious of your smallholding!

  2. September 17, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    It was great fun and I’m still surprised that Cherry ate some of the stir fry, she’s actually decided she likes cabbage since too which is a result! I didn’t take enough photos to blog about it, which is very surprising for me! x
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  3. September 18, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Oh well done for getting on with it in the rain. And anything that takes place in a pretty yurt is always good. Kids love learning to cook don’t they?
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  4. September 19, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    this looks fab! i definitely agree that getting children involved in cooking and the process is much more encouraging and makes them more likely to try new things.
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  5. September 20, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    This looks lovely and it makes me want to sort my life out and get driving too…there are some great places to explore.

  6. September 24, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    ah this looks brilliant, Wilf would have loved it. Shame we couldn’t make it, another time! x

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