Trip to Daylesford Farm
On Tuesday 1st November, LC3 girls who are taking Food and Nutrition were treated to a morning at Daylesford Organic, Kingham, in Gloucestershire. The pupils had an interesting tour of the farm with Richard, the Farm Manager, to learn more about the organic method of farming, in particular dairy.
They learnt that a non-organic Holsten cow produces around 12 and a half tonnes of milk a year compared to an organically reared animal with an average production of around three tonnes per year. The life span of the non-organic Holsten is four or five years, compared with 15 years for an organically reared cow at Daylesford.
The girls met several Gloucester Cattle, including some calves that were only a few days old, which are a rare breed that faced extinction during the 1990s. Daylesford now have a herd of over 50 and their milk is used exclusively to make the famous Single Gloucester Cheese.
The morning included a chef's demonstration of portioning a chicken in order to make stock and then an Asian style soup, which the girls enjoyed tasting. There was also an interesting talk on sustainability and food production, as well as a chance to visit the well-stocked food delicatessen and extensive gift and kitchenware shop.
Ms Flewitt, Food and Nutrition Teacher