Open Farm Sunday takes place on June 5 and Little Gate Farm, Beckley, near Rye is one of a handful of Sussex farms that will open it’s gates to welcome the public at 11am.
Little Gate Farm has 42 acres of pasture and ancient woodland. It is also a charity which supports adults and children with Learning Disabilities. The learning disabled ‘Rangers’ look after the sheep, lambs, goats, alpacas, horses, chickens and pigs. They also grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Visitors to the farm will be able to meet the animals, wander through the woods and learn about nature and the role that the nation’s farmers play in producing food and looking after the countryside.
As a charity, Little Gate Farm aims to improve the lives of learning disabled adults by giving them training and helping them find employment. The working farm program increases self-confidence and employment skills needed to go onto paid employment opportunities in our local community. Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, supports the project and recently spent an afternoon at Little Gate Farm. “I was hugely impressed by the professionalism of the management and voluntary team and the opportunities for change offered to the vulnerable young people and adults who rely on the farm as a bridge into employment,” he said.
Entry to Sunday’s event is free but money for the charity will be raised by selling tea, cake and beer. There will be live music from Helen Sharpe and The Soulshine Band and The Cajun Dawgs in the barn. There will also be Bushcraft School and stories in the woods for younger visitors. So round up the family, put on your wellies and head to the countryside to meet a farmer and have a great day out experiencing all the sights, sounds and science of the farm. www.farmsunday.org