Saturday, February 15, 2020

Recent work on the farm

In between (and during!) being battered by storms wehave managed to get some things done:-
Lines of mange-tout and sugar snap peas planted in a polytunnel.

Kale for veg boxes harvested!

All our leeks for next winter sown.

Half the chicken field prepared ready to be this year's potato bed.

New area tidied to become a wheelbarrow parking shed.

Radishes sown in a polytunnel.

Tears in the fruit cage netting mended.

A third rat-proof chicken-feed store built.
The chicken sheds dragged 20m downhill onto new pasture.

Oriental greens (giant red mustard, vivid choi, komatsuna) planted in a polytunnel.

Aubergines, peppers, chillies, jalapenos, tomatillos, tomatoes, French beans, broad beans, salad, chervil, dill, fennel, cabbages, kales, spring greens sown.

Two shallot beds prepared and planted.
Hot bed prepared for the season, to bring on early crops.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Peat-free potting compost

We are now selling Petersfield professional-quality peat-free potting compost in the farm shop, priced at £8.70 per 40-litre sack.

Clem, Jun again, Riina and Louis

Jun, in the foreground in hi-vis, picking chard for veg boxes.
Clem, in front, and Riina, back left, helping to clean out a chicken shed.

Louis converting an old pig shed into a plant pot store.

Another four WWOOF volunteers have come and gone since I last updated this blog - Clemence from France, Jun from South Korea on his second visit, Riina from Japan, and Louis from France too. Many thanks and good luck to them all!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Seeds for sale

We are again stocking a range of seeds from the Seed Cooperative in our farm shop. seedcooperative.org.uk
The seed cooperative is based in Lincolnshire and is a community-owned producer of organic biodynamic open-pollinated seeds.

New farm entrance

For the past ten years we have been working towards a new safer farm entrance, and we now have one (thanks in the main to Rebuild Southwest for doing most of the labouring work). There is now good visibility both up and down the hill when getting into and out of the farm.


The new entrance is primarily for shop customers and people collecting their veg boxes, but can also be used by allotment holders and volunteers - the old entrance further down the hill can still be used during office hours, but please be careful when pulling out, and use the mirror opposite.

Chicken feed

We have recently changed our chicken feed from standard layers pellets from a local(ish) producer, to non-GM soya-free pellets from the Smallholder Range. This feed comes in paper sacks rather than plastic, which we can then either use as a mulch on the farm beneath wood-chip, or recycle with our paper.

www.smallholderfeed.co.uk/products/layers/natural-free-range-layers-pellets/

This is something that we have been working towards for a while, and we have finally got enerything in place - including extra rodent-proof storage - to make the switch. The new feed costs £10 per sack, compared to £6.90 for the old feed, so we have had to increase the price of our eggs from £1.60 to £1.90 per half dozen.

Hadrien

We'd like to thank Hadrien, from Belgium, seen here picking kale in the market garden, for coming and being part of the community farm for two weeks. Thank you Hadrien!