Fox holes, woodworm and turkey jamNov 15, 2020
Lots of bits’n’pieces going on at the farm during lockdown 2.0!
Lots of bits’n’pieces going on at the farm during lockdown 2.0!
A photographically irrestistible protruberance, vegetable rejectamenta and preparations for winter.
Both trailers misbehaved, but managed to do their duty and deliver 15 lovely turkeys and 6 piglets to the farm.
New shed, new people, new trailer, new lots of stuff = awesome workday with so much done. What a great day with almost all members on site, recent members and a few first timers (who hopefully enjoyed it enough to come back) but we almost ran out of chairs at lunch time, I don’t think that’s ever happened before.
We had so many new volunteers/members on site today, and it was brilliant, they all seemed to enjoy their time with us and just got on with it and mucked in.
After due consideration of covid and government guidelines, we opened for the first time since lockdown.
We have a composting loo, the birdhouses finally get put up, we made a new stove and the roundhouse got a top hat.
For the last few years we’ve been on a farm weekend away, this year we were based in Hathersage and had fab time.
Our 2nd October workday felt very autumnal although after the recent rainfall we were happy with a mostly dry day!
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.
At our most recent work day on the farm we tried to harvest as much of the veg as possible to allow what’s left on the stalks, stems and vines to ripen and continue producing amazing fruit and veg for a bit longer.
Newts are flourishing in our wildlife pond!
A really great workday where we got a lot done, no-one got hurt and we had fun with fire. Plus we had double James!
A post anniversary party work day, surprisingly with fresh and alert farmies. Who seemed invigorated by the previous evenings celebration and enthusiastic to work.
Tonight was a celebration of ten years of LVCF (Loxley Valley Community Farm)! We had a magic evening, a really special get together of farmies current and those who’ve been part of the project through the years.
Dreadful weather was forecast but we had a really great day - didn’t get rained on! Despite a general lack of organisation this year the event went really rather well.
Lots of little jobs to tidy the farm up and make it the best it’s been all year for Open Farm Sunday - hoping for good weather and lots of people to join us for the day and hopefully maybe a some will want to join the farm.
More weeding, strimming and trying to make the farm look presentable for Open Farm Sunday - 9th June 2019.
Impressed with Dave’s battery powered implement, roundhouse roof plants are not dead - yay and a nice tidy fence around the veg area.
More tidying, a huge bonfire and an attempt at stopping rats from stealing our eggs.
Lots of tidying jobs were completed today.
At last an end to the asparagus moving - with the help of Spiderman. A very productive work day but the end to the day leaves a sour taste.
Our first March workday saw work continue on moving the Asparagus to the new beds. This is a slow and arduous job to prevent too much damage to the crowns.
Lots of hard work was done, moving plants to use the land more efficiently, moving compost and some urgent maintenance on one of the polytunnel doors.
Another great workday, lots of attendees and lots of work done. Chicken run finished!
The first work day of 2019 was a great success, not necessarily because of the amount of work done (we did loads), but because almost every farm member was there, which makes it so much more enjoyable to be a part of and motivates everyone. Which led to a very full round house for lunch.
In December we focused on building our hens a new chicken run, had farm turkey and I received a farm survival kit for Christmas.
This year instead of having a huge bonfire we made it more of a social in the roundhouse with the chiminea fired up.
The farm has applied to the Aviva Community Fund to purchase a fully accessible composting toilet and baby change facilities with associated landscaping and equipment to maintain the area and give safe access.
The focus of today was to start on a long standing project to improve the chicken run.
What we really need is a really bit trailer and a really big tractor to bring a really large quantity of manure - yes really!
It didn’t take long before we’d found a use for the area that we’d cleared with the beast (see previous post). Our illustrious new head of veg decreed that this area should henceforth be known as…
We’ve had a task to do for some time now: take care of the sheep field, tackle brambles etc which were getting out of control.
Today’s main focus was doing as much as we could to reduce/eliminate red mites from the hen house.
Today was a very, very hot day on the farm. Magnificent for sitting around and taking it easy, enjoying the view down the valley from the farm, not so great if there is work to be done.
Zoe & Adrian put a lot of effort this year into creating a wildlife pond. So we put out a camera to record any visitors to the pond.
How a community garden project is bringing people together… and getting work done.
Open Farm Sunday 2018 was our most successful yet, we had more visitors than ever before. The weather was amazing, plant sales went well, cakes sold out and we had a reporter from the Sheffield Telegraph visit us and write a double page spread about us in the paper.
The year seemed to start in earnest in March! The weather was relatively good which meant we cracked on with a lot of jobs. The main project this month was getting the container onto site and we had 2 deliveries of hardcore to facilitate this. Lots of heavy work shifting gravel but many hands made light work of it and after a few hours it was done! We also built foundations for the container to keep it off the ground (and level!)
February seemed to be a month of fixing gates!
The January sunshine at our first workdays of 2017 attracted the most people we have seen at a workday for a while! With more than 20 volunteers we soon cracked on with the jobs.
We have been working on building a roundhouse in memory of Dave Buckle who was a member of the project. The plan is for it to have a living roof, with a whole in the centre so we can have small campfires inside during the cooler months. Work has been ongoing throughout the winter and we now have the main structure completed.
Over the past couple of weeks we have been hard at work preparing the land and constructing a polytunnel.
Weekend farmers call for more people to get their hands dirty
On the 10th of November the farm welcomed its first celebrity guest when Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall visited as part of filming for the latest series of River Cottage.
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