Community Fund – Batley Girls’ High School – August Update

It was great to see the helping hands from the last year 7 students moving briskly towards the farm gates again after the six weeks holiday break.

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Our Pond with it’s water circulation pump is being enjoyed by this years new ducklings who take a dip and thrash about quite a bit unlike the more refined older birds that just seam to preen their feathers during the molt period and look on as much to say “Remember when we were young”

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A surprise awaited the students return as we have been able to build a new gated area at the farm to house our rare bread bantam chicks that were hatched from eggs purchased from our local breeder and hen egg suppliers.

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Alas the return of Mr. Fox took it’s toll with the loss of two ducklings and a hen.

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We are to start our lunch time Gardening Club shortly to both enhance and consolidate on the success of last terms receipt of the Arthur Halliwell  trophy (refer to the last report for details).

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The long dry summer has forced some of our salad crops to bolt to flower and the potato crop are quite small however the Victoria plums are very tasty indeed.

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The school canteen and food technology departments welcome the large cooking apples and beef tomatoes. Our onion crop are drying nicely in this extended summer heat.