Meet Kate Broad our Care Farm Manager that joined the team in March 2019!
What do you do at the Fold?
My role is Care Farm Manager, which involves coordinating our therapeutic land based activities for adults and young people with a range of support needs.
What does a typical day for you look like?
I begin the day by getting the resources we need for our activities and lighting the fire in our fire circle. Our volunteers and participants arrive at 10am and we sit in our fire circle and take it in turns to check in with one another and discuss our plans for the day. We then divide up into teams to get stuck into our farm task which may be cleaning out the hen house, sowing seeds, harvesting crops, turning compost and much more! When the weather is very cold or wet we also do a lot of craft and cooking activities too. We sit and have lunch together with a much needed cup of tea in the middle of the day, and then continue with our activities until the end of the session at 3.30pm. At the end of the day I prepare the activities for the next session and catch up with admin tasks.
What do you like most about working at the Fold?
I love the community atmosphere, and being able to link my two passions of working with people and working with the land. I feel that reconnecting with nature has so many benefits for our physical and mental health.
What is your favourite memory from your time at the Fold?
I have many lovely memories from my time at the Fold, one that stands out is the day our new hens arrived, we had worked hard as a team to prepare the hen house and hen area. Everyone was so excited to meet the hens and learn about the different breeds, all of our participants feel a connection with the hens and having animal care as part of our Care Farm activities brings an important therapeutic element.
Why did you want to work at the Fold?
I felt the vision and ethos of the Fold really chimed with my own values and interests. I enjoy the way the Fold is made up of mutually supporting enterprises.
What were you doing before you joined the Fold?
I worked as Engagement Officer for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, coordinating nature activities for children and families, and before that I worked in two other Care Farm settings.
What’s your sustainable living tip?
I think my sustainable living tip would be to think of ourselves as part of our natural ecosystem. We can try to design our lives so we treat the planet with care and respect, which comes alongside treating ourselves and others with these values also.
When you’re not at the Fold what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy gardening, beekeeping and cooking.
What social/environmental cause do you feel most passionate about?
I am passionate about producing delicious, locally grown food, that is grown organically and following agro-ecological principles that promote soil life and wildlife. I also feel passionate about protecting wildlife and their habitats.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I have 4 dogs and frequently wake up with them piled on top of me.
If you were to do any other role at the Fold what would it be and why?
I think I would either like to work as part of the farm team as I love working outside, or I would like to work as a therapist in the therapy centre as I also love working with people.