We are very pleased to be very busy at this critical time. We are continuing to support our local community as best we can, both through our farm shop (which has remained open daily throughout the crisis, with safety measures in place) and veg box scheme.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
|A kestrel hunting over the tussocks of Home Field - we see this kestrel most days.|
|An adder in the market garden, only the second time one has been seen on the farm in ten years.|
|Orange-tip butterfly in the Propagation Station polytunnel.|
Monday, May 18, 2020
Although things have calmed down a little in recent weeks, the community farm is still very busy, in the packing shed and the farm shop. Weekly veg box numbers have dropped from around 155 to around 145, and at this the leanest time of year we are struggling - but so far managing - to find enough produce to put in them. We have bought produce from Cargease Organics in Cockwells, Heather Lane Nurseries in Canonstown, Trenow Market Garden in Perranuthnoe, and Phoenix Organics in Herefordshire to help us.
Thankfully our faithful hungry gap crops (mange-tout, sugar snaps, various herbs, purple and green sprouting broccoli, sprouting tips, and salad leaves) have done well, though some have now finished, but those are being replaced by the earliest crops of the new season starting to come through (radishes, globe artichokes, kales, cucumbers, wet elephant garlic, and more herbs).
To supply this much fresh produce to the local community would be almost impossible without the involvement of the local community, and we all owe a lot of thanks to the local volunteers who help pick, pack, sell, grow and deliver this essential food, as well as our small team of staff and residential volunteers - Sue, Linda, Ben, Ian, Lucy 1, Dom, Caroline, Helen, Andy, Shelley, Mary-Ann, Joe, Lucy 2, Nick, Neil, Maggie, Chris, Rex, Gary, Ilaria, Fran, Adrien, Cathy, John, Ailsa, Deb, Cameron, Ali and Holly.
|146 veg boxes under way in the packing shed last Friday.|
|Wet elephant garlic.|
|Picking the last of the PSB.|
Friday, May 15, 2020
Adrien today left the farm for a second time. He volunteered with us for 9 months up until last summer, then returned in March for a social visit, before being stuck with us for 2 months due to the coronavirus lockdown! We are very very grateful for his help during this difficult time, he has again been invaluable. Adrien is the first of our lockdown team to leave. He should now be on the road in France, and we wish him good health and good luck as he returns home to uncertainty.
|Mending the chicken fence with Rex.|
|Picking salad in the Mothership.|
|Packing greens with Ilaria.|
|Stringing tomato vines with Ilaria.|
|Planting potatoes with Chris.|
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
As part of our rotation system, every two years the chickens move field, which involves dragging their sheds (with the chickens inside) from one field to another through some very narrow gateways. Kieron Williams helped us for the second time running, and he's getting quite good at it! Our tractor is only strong enough to tow the sheds downhill, but Kieron's can pull them uphill too...
Half of the field where the chickens came from is already planted with potatoes (ridged up today for the second time), and the other half is about to be ploughed for our winter brassica patch (plus leeks, beetroot etc..).
|Chickens out and about in their new field, six days after digging the last of our potatoes out of this patch.|
|Rex and Adrien replacing a section of fence after the chicken sheds had passed through.|
Friday, May 1, 2020
Last night would have been our annual Beltane celebration and community get-together at the farm. But not this year, cancelled like most other things due to Covid-19. So here are some photos from Beltanes past to cheer us up.
The two missing years are because I wasn't there, but there was still Beltane on the farm. Hopefully in 2021 we'll all be back!
We have had a delivery of Petersfield Peat-Free Supreme potting compost, which is the best peat-free compost we've found, and what all the plants we raise to grow or sell are started off in. Sacks are available in the shop at £8.70 (as well as seeds and plants - herbs, bee-friendly flowers, tomatoes and courgettes).