Young Farmers' Club
New Line Learning Academy Farm is an award-winning working farm based at the academy's campus in Boughton Lane, Loose.
Our aim is to educate young people in rural and countryside skills and sciences. We do this by running a Young Farmers' Club (YFC), which is a youth club for children aged between 11 - 26 who are interested in and want to learn about farming and the countryside.
The farm has been at the site for over 35 years but had outgrown its outdated buildings. In 2016, the club moved into new and improved buildings nearer to the main academy building, which include modern classrooms, a barn, cattle shed, outdoor pens, grazing areas and more. The new facilities were unveiled at the club's annual lambing weekend in April, which attracts thousands of people every year.
Animals kept at the farm include cattle, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies, goats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and geese, which are looked after and cared for by the Young Farmers' Club.
The Young Farmers' Club enter their animals into various contests across the country, including the prestigious Kent County Show, which they we won in 2015.
NLL Academy also uses the farm unit as a base to teach applied science, vocational courses and as an inclusion unit. Vocational courses are taught as part of the national curriculum and on average 15-20 classes a week are held at the unit. The inclusion unit is for young people who are not always suited to conventional methods of teaching and their work on the farm allows them to work and learn about science, farming and rural skills.
We believe the benefits of young people working with animals are immense. Working with animals on a regular basis not only has a calming affect but teaches young people discipline, commitment and gives them a great feeling of self worth.
The farm unit is run as a Trust which works in partnership with the school, but it still needs significant resources to keep running successfully. For more information at NLL's Young Farmers' Club please email firstname.lastname@example.org.