The Croft (Gosling Sike Farm)

Location: The Croft, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria Postcode: CA3 0LD

The Croft is a 40 hectare organic farm lying just outside Carlisle with a separate parcel of land at Armathwaite. The farm rears pedigree Longhorn cattle, sheep and poultry and produce is available from the farm. The farm has a walled garden growing fruit and vegetables. The farmer Susan, along with the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, hosts many school visits and is a Soil Association demonstration farm. Susan is CEVAS trained.

The farm offer walks and a range of activities which can be tailored to suit the needs of the group, from harvesting vegetables, cooking to felt making, animal husbandry, egg collecting, lambing. Students wanting work experience prior to studying veterinary science or agricultural related subjects are welcomed.

Contact Name: Susan Aglionby
T: 01228 549628

Farm features

 Vegetables ✓  Livestock ✓  Hedgerows ✓
 Orchard / fruit ✓  Dairy  Pond
 Arable ✓  Wildflower Meadow ✓  River


 Toilets ✓  Coach parking ✓  Indoor space ✓
 Hand-washing facilities ✓  Disabled toilet ✓  Wheelchair access ✓
 Car parking ✓    

Farm charges

 Standard group charge ✓  Charge per pupil   Minimum charge 
 No charge    

Suitability of visit

 Pre-school  Secondary ✓  Individual ✓
 Primary ✓  Special ✓  Care farm 

Further information

 Risk assessment ✓  CEVAS trained farmer ✓  Teachers' information pack ✓
 Farm facts leaflet ✓  LOTC Quality Badge ✓  Public Liability Insurance ✓

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