Poppies Care Farm is a social enterprise located at Purdis Poppy Farm, on the eastern side of Ipswich. It has animals, a Market Garden, and areas of woodland and pasture. It is home to alpacas, donkeys, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, bees, and two, sometimes three, cats. And a few humans.
In the Market Garden we grow vegetables for sale, mainly to Growing Places which is a social enterprise based in Claydon. Growing places runs a veg box scheme which you can register for via their website. You can get a box or bag of veg delivered to your door and support local enterprise and local producers!
Poppies Care Farm provides day care services for adults with learning difficulties or mental health issues. There is a wide range of activities including caring for animals, gardening, woodworking, working on farm projects, conservation, craft and cookery. The aim is to help care farmers to achieve their potential. With healthy outdoor activity and learning new skills, they increase in self-confidence and self-esteem, learn how to work as part of a team and interact with others.
Poppies Care Farm is accredited with Suffolk County Council for care farming and all staff and volunteers are DBS checked. There is always a qualified First Aider on site. We are proud to say that we were the first Care Farm in the UK to comply with Care Farming UK’s Code of Practice. A copy of the Code can be found here.
Care Farmers are collected from a collection point at 9.30 am ready for a 10 am start, after a cup of tea and get together in the Yellow Barn (our main indoor area). We discuss activities and timings for the day: things which must be done (attending to animals) and then other activities and projects which we are doing that day. Care farmers participate in all activities, rotating between those on offer on any given day. There are breaks for tea and biscuits (which we provide) and lunch (which they bring). At 3 pm we complete a review diary for each care farmer to monitor progress against goals and then return to the collection point at 3.30 pm.