We've run The Wholelife Project for the past 13 years as a care farm for people with learning disabilities. Four weeks ago tomorrow we shut our doors indefinitely, prior to the government's decision to lock down our nation. This was due to the vulnerability of our clients, most of which have underlying health conditions.
Over the years at Wholelife we have been growing our own fruits, vegetables, producing our own eggs and rearing our own meat. This produce has been used to feed the Wholelife family daily. Our small kitchen has produced over 20000 meals.
The growing here has always been a bit hit and miss. Our motto has always been “help do, not do for”. This has meant that sometimes our plants haven't had the best start or ending they deserve.
However given this current situation and the time we now have on our hands we have gone into full-scale production of fruit and vegetables for our local community. Will be supplying @thegoodstores at Ashford St. Johns garden centre @stjohnsashford with our produce. The volume won't be great but the quality will.
This is also my first ever foray into the world of social media. So if any of you have any help/constructive criticism then please message me.
We have taken the very difficult decision of shutting The Wholelife Project down. It will be the first time in nearly 13 years that we have closed our doors. This hasn't been a decision we've made lightly, but considering the vulnerability of all of our clients it was necessary to protect those we love. Keep safe everybody love Matt, Emma and family x x x
It maybe simple blackberrie leaf but yesterday it was the focus of attention for one of our clients. Maybe it was the shape, the symmetry, maybe the 'prickles', perhaps they just admired the beauty in a small thing, whatever it was moments like these are always encouraged at Wholelife.
For over a decade our farm has developed, adapted, grown... to our clients consistency is essential to maintaining their wellbeing, they know that no matter what we'll be here for them.
Working together we've created our own symbol of growth & eternity, our Wholelife Christmas Wreath. @ The Wholelife Project
On Thursday's our resident play therapist Emma works on site with school aged children. Though no pictures can be taken for obvious reasons, this picture of a fish from a favoured game clearly shows our thoughts on the weather today!
Nature walks! We love embracing nature, walks along the estuary are a firm afternoon favourite. We collect driftwood, sing songs & hunt for critters: Yesterday J was truly thrilled at finding this little crab! @ The Wholelife Project
We've been raking up the yellow dogwood leaves from the drive, our clients love these type of jobs as there is a clear visible achievement at the end. Our dogwood hedge brings a well needed splash of colour at this time of year.
We grow & use all our own herbs here at the farm. The medical properties of herbs & spices are endless (anti-inflammatory), but in all honesty, we just use them because they taste sooo good! @ The Wholelife Project