Our Seed Classroom

by The Husbandry School in Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom

Our Seed Classroom

£1,685

£5,000 target 8 days left
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Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 26th October 2021 at 9:01am

We're building a new Seed Classroom to grow our therapeutic horticulture work with children, young people & adults with additional needs.

by The Husbandry School in Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom

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What we do at The Husbandry School

At The Husbandry School we have a vision for the revitalisation of rural resources, employing good husbandry practices to provide real benefit for our environment and our local community.

Husbandry is an ancient word meaning to ‘take care of the boundaries of what you are responsible for and everything within it’ – it is the life-giving business of looking after the interaction between human and planet. This meaning has all but gone into obscurity and we believe that a much-needed, contemporary re-working of the traditional values and practices of husbandry offers some valuable answers to the global problems that we are all facing today.

Our forty-seven-acre site sits atop a hill outside Ashburton in South Devon, with views over rolling hills. It is an experimental learning centre where we explore ideas and practices of ecologically sound land management in three main fields of work: one as an alternative education provision for children & young people, another growing & producing wholesome food, and a third as a rural skills & crafts training provider for the wider public. The cross-pollination between these activities creates a rich learning space and a supportive, therapeutic environment.

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Re-engage & Re-inspire

During term-time we deliver a therapeutic education programme to re-engage and re-inspire children and young people with additional needs who are struggling in other education settings. Our programme uses practical activities and a structured day to nurture the building blocks of self-esteem and resilience; supporting students as they develop tools to self-regulate social, emotional, and behavioural interactions. 

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Wholesome & local food production

Our land-based business encompasses organic vegetable growing, a small herd of sheep & goats and land stewardship activities, such as traditional hedgerow restoration. We keep heritage varieties & breeds alive and well, providing local food for local people through our Veg Bag scheme, as well as supplying quality, nutritious produce to chefs in Devon and further afield. Our farming practices adhere to the Wholesome Food Association principles, and we work with nature to keep our crops healthy; using natural fertilization, plant health and pest control measures to look after the land that looks after us.

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Volunteering & Learning

Alongside these activities we run a volunteering programme for adults to engage with food growing, ornamental horticulture and land stewardship activities, as well as public courses in rural skills & crafts such as dry-stone walling, basket weaving and green woodwork. Our more involved Husbandry courses summarise our ethos and practice for others to learn from and apply to their own land and lifestyle.  


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Our Seed Classroom

As we grow as an organisation, we plan to widen our therapeutic offer to a greater number of children, as well as to adults with physical & mental health difficulties and additional learning needs. And for this, we need to grow our classroom spaces! Creating the Seed Classroom will allow for additional activity space for this work, as well as for our public courses.

Currently we have one main school building and a small potting shed at the top of our site that we use for delivery of horticultural sessions. These spaces are predominantly used during term-time by our students, and as such we are only able to offer sessions to adults on weekends and in school holidays. Critically, the Seed Classroom will also provide us with extra teaching & delivery space if there are further requirements for working within COVID-19 social distancing guidelines over the next few years, building greater resilience into our provision.

The Seed Classroom will be a therapeutic and practical space, designed to be both restful and functional. Nestled in between traditional Devon hedgerows, our memorial garden and polytunnels, the Seed Classroom will have easy access to our growing areas whilst also providing quiet space for down-time and reflection. The classroom is designed to have an earthy feel, complementing its surroundings and making the most of the vista.

Seed Classroom location & view:

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The classroom will be constructed from local timber, a concrete floor and unframed double-glazed windows, occupying a 9.1m x 7.5m footprint with a 2.8m high apex roof. Divided into two sections with adjoining doorway, the front half provides space for potting & sowing, whilst the back half will be used for equipment storage and a small kitchenette for tea breaks. The structure will be surrounded by a wheelchair accessible brick patio, covered by an overhanging roof to provide additional space for activities, storage and tea breaks taking in the view. A disabled access toilet will be accessible from the patio. 

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We've secured half of the funding we need to build the classroom, and we're aiming to raise the remaining £5,000 to ensure it can be kitted out with all of the adaptive features, access and tools that we've planned for.

Please help us out where you can - we've got some amazing rewards and we're looking forward to creating this new space and welcoming more people to the hill!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Productive Garden Kickstarter Seed Set

A collection of seeds to get you growing! Saved from our own crops and flower beds, this set of seeds are a mix of vegetable crops, herbs, edible flowers and productive cut flowers, especially chosen to grow well together throughout the seasons. Get sowing, get growing!

£20 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Three Sisters seed collection

Squash, beans & sweetcorn - this collection of traditional and heirloom variety seeds, Three Sisters story booklet and sowing guide is the ideal starter for gardeners looking to grow their own veg! The Three Sisters is a beautiful and ancient story of reciprocity, community and prosperity - a fitting crowdfunder reward!

£20 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Edible Flower & Scatter Seed set

Two stunning vials of multi-coloured edible flower petals & a collection of hand-saved seeds of cultivated and wild flowers, all from our land. The rainbow of rose, calendula & cornflower petals are ideal for decorating cooking and baked creations, whilst the seeds are perfect for scattering in flower beds or hedgerows to encourage bees, butterflies and pollinating insects!

£20 or more

3 of 20 claimed

Jonty's book "Husbandry"

A copy of our co-founder's, Jonty Williams', book - "Husbandry" defines the ethos behind our work, detailing the history of Husbandry in Devon and his learning & experiences looking after the land that looks after us.

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Gardener's caring hands kit

Home-made soap and scrubs to look after hard-working hands! A jar of our home-grown a Gardener's Hand Scrub, full of our oats, lavender, cornflower and calendula, along with a bar of our nourishing Goat's Milk & Calendula soap.

£25 or more

1 of 15 claimed

Home-grown Herbal Teas

Two of our delicious home-grown and hand-blended herbal teas. Our energising Rainbow Reviver and dreamy Serenity teas are the perfect combination for any hour of the day.

£45 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Christmas Preserves & Pickles set

A lovely hamper of five sweet & savoury treats that we've made from our own produce throughout the year, perfect for a food-lover's Christmas gift! Items may include Elderflower Marmalade, Harvest Chutney, Tomato & Chilli Jam, Cucumber Pickle, Three Mint Jelly and our flavoured herb & flower Vinegars. (Please note: We can only provide this reward for delivery in the Ashburton area. Please also advise us of any food allergies)

£50 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Creative felt making or silk paper making kits

Create a beautiful felt scene with our felt making kit or make incredible silk paper from scratch! Felting can make great, decorative wall hangings, or create pieces to be sewn up into small purses or bags, whilst Silk Paper is perfect for personalised birthday cards, thank you notes or wedding stationary. Select which kit you'd prefer!

£150 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Come on a course!

Get a voucher for any of our one-day courses in rural skills & crafts or husbandry. We run a wide range of courses, from basketry to leather working, dry-stone walling to green-wood working and our dedicated Husbandry course which summarises our ethos & practices.

£300 or more

1 of 3 claimed

A weekend in our yurts

Come and spend a weekend at our site, staying in our cozy yurt! Receive a tour around our site on the Saturday to learn about what we do, then spend the rest of the weekend soaking in our wonderful views! (Please note - we can host 2 adults for 2 nights with this reward. Dates will be dependent on our term times and availability. Our accommodation is cozy, but we're not a glamping site! We can host these weekends from Spring 2022)

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