Based in the beautiful countryside of Warwickshire Herd and Grow Comunity Interest Company (CIC) provides a space where young people with ASD and emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties and their families can come together and participate in appropriate learning activities in very small groups.
Our ethos is rooted in an approach that values inclusion, flexibility, and participation as young people learn social and farming skills through interaction with one another, by being in nature and helping to grow vegetable crops, take care of animals and engage in craft projects in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Herd and Grow CIC support and provide students with access to an alternative educational approach through animal husbandry, nature crafting and horticulture. Being around animals and getting to know their unique and extremely inquisitive characters brings joy like no other, promotes self-confidence and communication skills.
We provide families with the opportunity to become farmers for a day where they learn about the husbandry requirements involved in looking after pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. All in attendance have the opportunity to get up close and personal with all the farm animals on site.
Herd and Grow’s Horticultural ‘Field to Fork’ programme teaches students where their food comes from by actively participating in the full growing cycle and production of pesticide-free salad and vegetable crops. By being involved in the process we teach children patience, precision, and responsibility. Students are then rewarded with freshly produced food which fills them with pride, knowing that through their nurture and time they have produced from a seed something delicious and healthy. This encourages students to perhaps try fruit and vegetables that they may not have eaten before and by doing so promotes a healthier lifestyle in the process
Our nature crafting sessions currently prove to be highly successful and enjoyable with both parents and children alike. This is down to the wide skill set Herd and Grow is able to offer, which includes carpentry, arts and crafts, working with clay and sculpturing. Nature crafting enables children and parents to experience the outdoors in a new way by walking the fields and hedgerows discovering and collecting materials to use in our crafting sessions. By doing so families are being physically active and extremely mindful along the way by noticing and experiencing nature and the wildlife it has to offer. Parents are actively encouraged to partake in our crafting sessions along with there children which in turn strengthens relationships and also enables parents to be involved in a fun activity they may not normally have the time to enjoy.
Herd and Grow CIC also presents parents with an opportunity to interact with like-minded families with similar life experiences based around their children's individual needs. This has opened doors for parents to network with each other and be signposted to other services available which in turn has seen friendships being created beyond Herd and Grow CIC which can reduce the social isolation some families can experience.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Herd and Grow CIC.