Wisbech students visit Jimmy’s Farm

Wisbech Grammar School Jimmy's Farm visit
Wisbech Grammar School Jimmy's Farm visit

Students picked up some top tips when they learned the ingredients needed to run a successful farm.

Food and nutrition pupils from Wisbech Grammar School spent the day at Jimmy’s Farm, near Ipswich, which was the subject of a BBC Two television documentary series in 2002.

The programmes told the story of Jimmy Doherty, who set up a rare breeds piggery with the help of a loan from his childhood friend and celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver.

During the visit, the group was given an insight into farming as a business and how the enterprise was started, as well as discovering how their restaurant was started, along with the farm shop, to supplement income.

They toured the kitchen garden before coming meeting the animals, including the 8,000 turkeys and the rare breeds of pigs. Among the highlights were a chance to feed the sheep and a visit to Angus the bull.

Alison Sloan, the school’s head of food and nutrition, said: “This was a superb day, during which we learnt about food from the crops in the ground through to the nutrition needed by the animals, together with finding out about the different breeds of pig, sheep and cattle, as well as the process of turkey farming.

“The pupils now understand how farms work as a business, where our food comes from and why looking after the animals in our food chain is so important.”