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Fresh from the field and then scrubbed, grated, baked, printed, modelled, told … all in the life of a shillingford vegetable


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Rabbit Puppet

I finally got to make a new puppet this week. It has been a long time and the familiar feeling of stitching life into fabric at 1 in the morning was good to return to! Rabbit has no name at present but held the focus of the children at Beacon Heath and Whipton Surestart Centres. There is a great simplicity in the act of unwrapping a puppet with children, waking it and then, in this case, feeding it with salad leaves. Once we had worked out that plastic was really not going to work that is!! I am going to use Rabbit as a focus for the Children’s Centre work I am doing with Love Local Food. Don’t tell Martyn at Shillingford Organics though as I am not sure rabbits are particularly welcome in the polytunnel!

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Chickens, tunnels and seeds!

Visits to the farms are go! We discovered that FACE was able to offer free coach travel for schools to visit farms during March. Suddenly March has got rather busy.

A series of weekly visits have started with St Davids Primary in Exeter. I am taking small groups out to The Barton every Monday to explore the farm and discover how it changes over the seasons. So often visits are Summer based one offs and whilst highly enjoyable rather give the impression that the farm is always green and growing. This project aims to gives a more balanced view. We fed the chickens, explored the polytunnels, dug the earth, planted seeds, sorted potatoes, talks to the farmers and generally had a very interesting 2 hours.

Also coming up is investigating soils, discovering orchards and managing 140 Year 7s around one farm. Should be fun!

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looking closer and creating playfully

sukkaThe Barton, home of Shillingford Organics, hosted a visit from Denbury Primary who were following up their morning visit to the Synagogue with a celebration of food! Whilst Jo, my wife, took half the group visiting the packing shed, poly tunnels and compost heaps I worked the others on a sculpture project.
The project started with a link to their morning visit with an introduction to the Sukka, the shelter made as part of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, then led into observational drawing of leaves up and down the farm and concluded with willow and fabric shelter sculptures.
It was so good creating work outside surrounded by the source material of your work. Our field became full of work areas and our shelters expanded as we dodged the showers, designed in pastel and paint and constructed in willow! A lovely counterpoint to the OFSTED inspection at St Davids in morning.

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