Spring 2021 Newsletter

Welcome back to the Farm!

With lockdowns hopefully becoming a thing of the past, we are very excited to welcome everyone back to the Collingwood Children’s Farm. We reopened our doors on Thursday, October 28 and will be open from 9.30am to 3pm every day except for Christmas Day. If you’ve been following our social media, you will have seen videos of the lambs gambolling in the spring sunshine. Now you can come and meet them and all the other animals who have missed the attention from their adoring public.

Watch Collingwood Children’s Farm Highlights 2021 – So much to show you… and see what has been happening down on the Farm…HERE

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Our brand new goat kids are also facing the public for the first time. Come and say ‘hi’ over the fence in Tag Paddock.

While we have been closed, the on-ground staff have been super busy with major projects and ongoing maintenance as well as the day-to-day running of the farm. Projects have included a large cut flower garden bed, solar panels and new water tanks for the farm buildings and a new goat enclosure. 

The Market Garden continued to supply vegetables to Moving Feast to distribute to vulnerable recipients. More than four tonnes of produce has been donated so far this year. The monthly Farmers Market has also continued throughout lockdown and the Farm’s stall has been well supplied and very popular.

Thirteen lambs were born this spring, including five sets of twins, and two orphan lambs have been bottle-fed by staff. We have six goat kids so far.

After four attempts, the Winter Solstice Bonfire was finally cancelled. While it was a tremendous blow to our fundraising calendar, many ticket holders kindly donated the cost of their tickets to the Farm, which covered all our costs incurred.

The Farm was featured on national television in September. Gardening guru Melissa King from Better Homes and Gardens filmed a segment in the Market Garden by the Birrarung. Watch the clip HERE.

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The Moving Feast Green Jobs Team have joined our Farm staff and are preparing to welcome the first young people starting their career paths into green jobs.

A collaboration between Cultivating Community and CCF continues to plan the composting system. In the future, we aim to have public composting and worm-farm workshops available and have volunteers help run the worm farm with Cultivating Community.

Our School holiday program Farmer for a Day went virtual in September with multiple online sessions of interactive videos, quizzes and games from our clever Education team. Watch this video to learn more about what we teach at the Farm – Video

Speaking of clever, have you looked at our new look School tours? Head to our website to book in your school, holiday or kinder group.

E V E N T S

Do you have a wedding, a birthday party or an end-of-year work function coming up this summer? Click here for more information about our kid’s birthday parties or after-hours event spaces.

Cassettes for Kids originally planned three gigs in the Barn for July. These had to be cancelled and are now combined into one event to be held in the Paddock on Boxing Day. The event will be co-presented by Untitled Group in conjunction with the Farm. 600 tickets have been sold already so we’re expecting a great crowd.

New Years Day: No Sleep Entertainment is an Electronic Dance Music events group. They are hosting a large music event in the Stables Paddock on New Year’s Day from 5pm, which will feature extravagant production, light shows, video projections and the animals tucked safely away as far from the ruckus as possible, watch the website for when tickets go on sale.

G E T    I N V O L V E D

We’re looking to expand our volunteer program and bring on people with specific skill sets.  Do you have a green thumb and want to help the gardening team?  Or maybe you love events and could help out with some of our summer events coming up? Are you a whizz at all things carpentry and could help out in the Big Green Shed?  

Send our Volunteer Coordinator an email here and your details will be kept on file until we roll out our new programs.

As we welcome visitors back to the Farm, please book online to ensure your entry, make sure everyone over 16 is double vaccinated (which is a Government requirement), wear a mask if required and remember to keep social distancing.  Please don’t come to the Farm if you feel unwell.  Book tickets HERE.

Can’t wait to see you on the Farm! Keep an eye on our website and socials for more information!!