What a tremendous work day we had, weather was much better than expected, we got loads done, lots of people made it to the day. More children on the farm than adults which is great (as long as there are enough adults!) it’s nice to see them playing outdoors, learning where their food comes from and having fun at the same time.

Digging a water main

Rich K worked tirelessly throughout the day on the trench for the water pipe to the new toilet area. He had help throughout the day from Rich A, Ben and a few others.

Rich K worked tirelessly to continue the trench for the water to the new loo facilities Rich K worked tirelessly to continue the trench for the water to the new loo facilities

Tiding up for winter

Lots of work was done by many to harvest and then remove the spent veg and tidy the areas left behind.

Tidied and replanted the big polytunnel Tidied and replanted the big polytunnel
Tidied the main veg area Tidied the main veg area
Cleared this polytunnel Cleared this polytunnel

View up the farm

David has made a very valid point that no-one can really see how great the farm is from the entrance, we should really make more of the potential views of the hub of activity from the less impressive entrance.

We should make more of this view from the car park to the hub We should make more of this view from the car park to the hub

Shelter the feed

With so much rain recently it’s highlighted a problem with our feed storage. We’ve been keeping our turkey and chicken feed in bins near the gates to the respective enclosures, but rats/mice/squirrels keep trying to chew their way through the bin lids. When there is so much rain even a small hole in the lids lets water in and turns the dry feed bad (I’m sure Asha can supply scientific names for the nastiness that develops in the wet food). So a shelter was proposed to provide a roof over the feed store, the logical location appeared to be between two existing sheds: the egg shed and the bee shed.

Proposed site for the poultry feed shelter Proposed site for the poultry feed shelter

In typical farm fashion practicality and expediency won out over beauty and craftsmanship.

Complete poultry feed shelter Complete poultry feed shelter

Upon completion we discovered we’d distorted the egg shed slightly and so some corner bracing was called for and a slight adjustment to the egg shed door was needed (ripped a bit off).

Need some corner bracing there Tim! Need some corner bracing there Tim!

Very large signage was hastily painted on to ensure no confusion as to what was turkey feed and what was for chickens.

Poultry food very clearly marked Poultry food very clearly marked

A harvest to be proud of

Squashes, marrows, cucumbers, beans, eating apples, cooking apples, tomatoes, celery, leeks, sweetcorn even grapes!

A magnificent harvest A magnificent harvest
A huge veg share - this is ONE veg share A huge veg share - this is ONE veg share

Mini shelter for turkey feed

The turkeys are messy animals, and despite their feed dispenser having a build in rain hood, they nonetheless manage to spread it all over the place resulting in a disgusting much of wet food. Tracey not to be outdone the the big shelter that had just been constructed decided that a simple solution could be applied here using just a plastic table.

Keep water out of turkey food Keep water out of turkey food

There is a small hole in the table for a parasol which was blocked by a plastic bag - but the turkeys showed unusual interest in the bag!

Turkeys showed great interest in a plastic bag, we had to send Amelia in to remove it. Turkeys showed great interest in a plastic bag, we had to send Amelia in to remove it.

Caring for and learning about our animals

Amelia cuddled a turkey and some of the younger ones very gently stroked it, I have to say the turkey showed no signs at all of being stressed by this extra attention, indeed the turkeys are always extremely friendly and always come rushing towards you when you approach. It’s great that these kids have the opportunity that many don’t in our modern packaged lives to get out on the farm and learn about the animals we have and food we grow.

The kids showed the turkey some love, it didn't seem to mind The kids showed the turkey some love, it didn't seem to mind

Hopefully there won’t be much grass cutting left this year

It does look nice though when the grass is cut, next year we’ll aim to keep the top part of the farm as a wild flower meadow so need to research when to stop cutting up there.

Farm always looks nice when mowed Farm always looks nice when mowed

Old friends and new friends

Especially nice was seeing some old friends (they’re not actually that old) Rich, Steph with Lucas and baby Zoe, it was lovely to see them and welcome them back onto the farm. Also great to see Ben and his children James, David and Cara again, hopefully we’ll see more of them as they all seemed to enjoy getting stuck in.