Who we are

Earthwise was founded by Claire Rosling who has a passion for the natural world, a wealth of experience in outdoor education and is a qualified Forest School Leader. 

We’re in a time where children are becoming increasingly disconnected from the food they eat and the natural world around them. I started Earthwise with the aim of re-connecting young people with this beautiful, complex ecosystem that we’re a part of, hopefully developing healthier relationships with food and the environment along the way.
— Claire

 

 

Claire's story

After completing a PhD in Chemistry at Bristol University, Claire took the bold decision to swap her lab coat for some wellies and pursue her passion in sharing nature with children. A wealth of volunteering experience for environmental education charities set her in good stead to go on to establish the very successful Education Programme at The Community Farm, as their Community Learning Officer. Claire then went on to found Earthwise which now works in partnership with the farm to deliver their educational visits, holiday activities and seasonal cookery days for children and families.

Claire also runs weekly Forest School sessions for nursery and reception groups at Wells Cathedral School and woodland activity days during the school holidays in Chew Valley and Somerset.

Claire is Forest School Level 3 qualified, CEVAS accredited, DBS checked, Food Safety trained and paediatric first aid trained. She also holds Public Liability insurance.

 

Our Facilitators

Johanna Bohlen

Johanna has been working alongside Claire for over two years, assisting with School holiday activities for children and Family events at The Community Farm.

Having grown up in the countryside on an organic farm Johanna has a great deal of love and passion for the natural world, fully appreciating, valuing and respecting all it has to offer. She has a wealth of experience working with children of different ages and abilities from her work as a nanny, in residential special educational needs schools and assisting with Forest School sessions.

Johanna specialises in working with the Early Years and is currently doing the Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies course and working as an Assistant Child-minder in a unique outdoor setting in Bristol.

Johanna is Forests School trained (currently completing her Level 3 qualification), DBS checked and paediatric first aid trained.

Jo Ingleby

Jo was awarded 'Cook of the Year' at the BBC Food & Farming awards 2015 for her cookery sessions with two to four year olds at Bristol's Redcliffe Children's Centre. Alongside Claire from Earthwise, Jo runs seasonal vegetarian cookery days at The Community Farm for both children and adults and also write the popular recipe cards in the farm's veg-boxes.

Volunteers

We regularly seek volunteers to assist us with our events. All volunteers are DBS checked and ahve experience in working with children.

A previous, longterm volunteer shares her experience of working with us:

“There is something very special about volunteering at The Community Farm; the beautiful scenery, the wonderful people and the feeling of doing something worthwhile.

I particularly enjoy my time working at the children’s activity days and school visits. You gain real a sense of securing our future by planting the seeds of interest in the environment and where their food comes from.

For me the best aspect is picking food straight from the plant and turning it into a meal. It is so significant because it allows children to discover fruit and vegetables for themselves. For some it is the first time they have ever eaten food straight from the plant or taken the beans from a pod.

It is important that they learn to associate food with where it has come from and to know how much hard work goes in to growing food.”
— India Langley