27th July 2016 by Grange Oaklands Communites
On Sunday 5th June Oaklands Park took part for the second year in the national event, Open Farm Sunday. Farms across the country opened their gates on this day to the public, to allow people to learn more about how their food is produced and see behind the scenes of working farms.
This year Oaklands welcomed around 350 visitors to the 150 acre community, which was an increase on the previous year. With the day running from 10.30 until 4pm, there was plenty going on for all the family. Starting with a guided walk by our EVS volunteers around the Victorian walled garden for visitors to see the large gardens and learn about which fruit and vegetables are grown biodynamically for the residents and local community.
During lunchtime vegetarian pizzas produced by the Grange Bakery team, were warmed ready to serve form the clay oven. Farm produced organic burgers and sausages were cooked on the BBQ, and also refreshments and cakes were served inside the Lighthouse by the team from the George Cafe in Newnham. There were also sheep shearing demonstrations, egg collecting and a guided farm walk later in the afternoon. The children also enjoyed face painting, archery and a bouncy castle followed by an ice cream, whilst the adults enjoyed a local pint from the beer tent. There were also stalls set up from the pottery and wood workshop, alongside some other local community organisations. Live music was enjoyed throughout the day whilst people sat on the straw bales in the sunshine. Many thanks to our musicians; Graften Funk, James Negus, Leina & Yacob and Jon Hinton who kindly played for us and were much enjoyed by everyone. Photos kindly taken by Silvia Campus one of our EVS volunteers.
See our video from our first Open Farm Sunday in 2015 which also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Camphill Village Trust (Brightworks Media) https://www.youtube.com/