Friday, February 17, 2012

Volunteering and training sessions.

Volunteering/training sessions are held on the farm every Tuesday 1 till 5pm, Thursday 10am till 3pm (bring a packed lunch), and Saturday 1 till 5pm. The farm is a beautiful place to work whatever the weather (on wet days we work in the polytunnels and outbuildings), and as well as meeting new people and helping the farm develop, volunteers learn new skills (land care, animal care, crop care, growing and harvesting vegetables). This month our main task is preparing vegetable beds in the market garden field ready for this season's sowing and planting, some of which has already begun. The first bed of beetroot was sown today, and it was broad beans yesterday. Regular tasks include looking after our kune kune pigs, collecting and boxing eggs, looking after our 200 laying hens, harvesting salads and potatoes/vegetables, composting and weeding. All equipment, including work gloves, is provided, as are tea/coffee and biscuits, but volunteers need to wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring waterproofs "just in case". If you would like to chat to Hugh (Community Farm Trainer) please phone me on (01736) 788454, or simply turn up at the above times and get stuck in. We'd love to welcome you to the team!
Tea break whilst planting potatoes.

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