Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 31-07-2015

Fun for all at the Community Farm Open Day

by LC

Fun for all at the Community Farm Open Day The Children's Centre Community Farm is throwing open its doors - or its gates to be more precise - for its annual Open Day on Saturday 15th August.

The event lasts from 10.30 in the morning until 3.30 that afternoon, and there will be plenty to see and do for both children and adults.

It's an opportunity for everyone across the Island to see what goes on at the Community Farm, and to understand a little more about how it delivers its important work helping and developing children and young adults.

There will be a chance to meet all of the animals on the farm - including sheep, pigs and donkeys - as well a chance to hear more about the production of local produce, horticulture and some top tips on wholesome cooking and baking.

And there's no need to go hungry. A selection of WI-made cakes will be there to enjoy, as well as a barbecue.

There will also be a number of other services from The Children's Centre there on the day. The Out 2 Play team will be explaining how they are promoting play and children's 'Right to Play' across the Isle of Man, while the Mobex team will be telling visitors how they use indoor and outdoor activities to support and develop young people's sense of their own potential.

For those who want to get their hands a little dirty, there's also the chance to help build a boardwalk in the Farm's conservation area.

As Chrissy Cannell, Farm Team Leader, explains: "This really is a great chance to show visitors how the Community Farm helps people reconnect with the countryside, and by doing so helps them overcome many of the difficulties and pressures which life has thrown at them. All of us at the farm would love to welcome as many people as possible at the Open Day. I'm sure they will be surprised at just how much we do, and how effective it can be. And it's a pretty good day out as well!"

The Community Farm can be found on the Old Castletown Road, but visitors should park at Kewaigue School, where a shuttle bus service will take them to the farm. Because of the number of people expected, and the animals at the farm, please do leave your dogs at home.

More details on the day - and the life of the Community Farm - can be found on the farm's own blog: www.thecommunityfarm.wordpress.com

Photo - The Community Farm's donkeys will be there to greet visitors.

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