What we do
and a little bit about us!
Depden Care Farm is run by the Millennium Farm Trust (MFT)
A registered charity, established in 1996. The initiative for the Millennium Farm Trust came from an enthusiastic group of people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Since our farming operation started in the year 2000, many people have benefited from MFT’s activities.
There is a wide variety of skills to choose from…
The allotment and vegetable garden areas are where we grow our vegetables and plants. The polytunnel provides somewhere sheltered to get the seeds started early and also offers a welcome warm habitat for some more exotic plants & ourselves during the colder months.
As well as learning about animals and plants Farm Helpers can contribute to the continued growth of the farm by taking part in team projects such as fence building, creating animal enclosures and all the general repairs required when running a successful farm. Skills can also be learnt with the use of farm machinery.
We love to care for native animals and smaller helpers on the farm in the natural environment and as such good conservation skills surround us in abundance.
Once a month we visit Old Hall Farm
Once a month we visit Old Hall Farm. Here we get to look after Jersey & Red poll cattle, feed the Suffolk Black pigs and help with their harvesting. We also assist with coppicing and wood collection for the dragon. Some of the team also enjoy driving the tractor and trailer.
Depden Care Farm also provides an outside contracting service
This enables farm helpers to broaden their experience working in other places and on other projects such as ditching, garden clearance, fencing and hedging.
A Typical Working Day
- 9:30am arrival
- 10:00am programme commences
- 1:15pm lunch
- 2:00pm afternoon programme commences
- 4:00pm programme ends
We have a morning break for hot & cold drinks. Washing and toilet facilities are available at all sites. There is a clean area for eating and paperwork. People must bring their own lunch and provide their own personal protective equipment