Soil Association Organic Farm

It is important for farms to build relationships with the public to create and maintain a better, mutual understanding of countryside and food production issues.

For many years, Blacklake Farm has been running a programme of school visits for children of all age groups, from pre-school to 6th Form.  Farm visits are led by Catherine or Nick Broomfield.  The content is tailored to meet the learning needs of the visiting group.  A pre-visit discussion with the school ensures that we fully understand your educational goals for the visit and that the school is able to prepare pupils for the visit.

Thanks to its diversity, Blacklake Farm has a lot to offer for educational visits.  There is abundant wildlife, both flora and fauna, working farm conservation, plus a great deal to see on the stock and land management side which can be linked to many areas of the national curriculum such as history, geography, and science.

Blacklake Farm is accredited by CEVAS - Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme.  This means that the farm has been approved for Educational Visits and that the farmer who will be hosting the visits has been properly trained to deliver Educational Visits and is aware of Curriculum targets at all Key Stages.  It also means that the farmer is CRB – Criminal Records Bureau checked, is properly insured for school visits, and is competent in Risk Assessment and operates a Health & Safety Policy.

Blacklake Farm is also part of the Soil Association’s Organic Farms Network which is a network of organic Soil Association farms who have facilities and skills to host farm events.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of a visit, please call or email Catherine Broomfield at the farm and we will be happy to talk over your requirements.

Our School Visits Programme gives you an idea of what we are doing this year.

Students from Kings School, Ottery St Mary, on an Art Day

Local school visit

Students from Wext Exe college, part of GCSE course