Ringmer Community College welcomes new kids on the block

New goats at Ringmer Community College
New goats at Ringmer Community College
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New arrivals are delighting students and staff at Ringmer Community College’s Farm.

Two female goats and four kids are now settling into the farm, which has already started to generate a profit.

It is becoming more common for schools to have their own farms - in fact the college is one of 110 school farms in the UK.

Farm manager Peter Pretorius said: “It’s nice to finally have all the animals in.

“It’s been a long and very busy time but now we can really start seeing the rewards of all the hard work.

“The goats have really settled into their new home and the staff and students are pleased to have them here.”

Principal Kathryn Stonier said: “The farm is a valuable educational resource which is teaching the students about business management, finance, animal care, leadership, land management and where our food comes from.

“Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Holly Gap Farm and numerous parents, plus the produce, the farm pays for its own running costs and even generates a small profit.

“This will be used to develop more formal NVQ courses for our students in animal care and horticulture over the next few years.

“The farm is also an important connection to our rural business community of which we are a part.”

The college in Lewes Road is also growing vegetables and flowers with the help of parent volunteers. It is appealing for compost and flowers.

The farm began in September 2014. Today the venture generates 2,000 eggs a month. Students learn how food is produced and how to care for the animals.

Next year pupils will be able to achieve AQA, ASDAN and Edexcel courses which will give them options to attend Plumpton College to study agriculture and horticulture.

Farm profits are ploughed into curriculum areas to enrich student’s learning. To donate contact Peter Pretorius on 07720 291815 or email: ppretorius@ringmeracademy.org.

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