Young gardening enthusiasts can now learn about sustainable living and how to grow their own fruit and vegetables year round following a recent donation by Condor Ferries.
Sheep Shed Jersey, the family farm based in St Lawrence, has recently purchased and installed a poly tunnel for use as an outdoor classroom following a grant from Condor’s Community Fund.
The new greenhouse will be used as part of the farm’s playgroup sessions which teach pre-school and older children the benefits and enjoyment from gardening and agriculture.
Paris Maddocks, proprietor of Sheep Shed Jersey, said: “Agriculture has been our passion for many years so it is fabulous to see the youngsters who attend our twice weekly sessions gain new skills, learn to grow their own food, eat healthily and spend time outdoors on our allotment and site.
“The support of Condor is really appreciated, as it helps us increase the range and scope of activities we can offer, which already reaches 600 local families each month. Our new poly tunnel means we can now provide gardening activities to local children across the year and encourage them to take ownership of their own projects and learn responsibility.”
Condor’s Community Fund was originally established in 2019 and supports Islanders who give up their time to develop community projects. The Fund sees bids from across the Islands with a focus on sustainability, local benefit and enjoyment for others.
Greg Yeoman, Condor’s Commercial Director, commented: “The applications we receive show there is some amazing work being done in our community. We are delighted to support Paris and Laurent and hope they can bring their enthusiasm, knowledge and fun to inspire young Islanders.”
Main picture: Three young gardeners busy preparing pots for planting vegetable seeds in the new poly tunnel acquired by Sheep Shed, following Condor’s grant.