Farm Update #12

A mass of seeds have been planted and I am happy to say that a lot of them have made it through the frost and snow and are finally making their way to the beds this week. This gives us more space in the polytunnel for even more seeds, and whilst this great April weather continues we will try to get as much planted as possible.

The whole of Year 2 came down this week to start their plants for this year’s South of England Show competition entry. They have been given the task of growing their own plants (and vegetables) in the most innovative recycled container. You’ll be able to see all of our entries for this year’s South of England Show in the Countryside Hub on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June.

The farm is not only about seeds of course. We’ve had teams of budding explorers seeking out other residents of the farm. Year 1, for instance, have been bug hunting, with great success!

The farm really comes into its own at this time of year and the orchard is looking particularly good with the trees a mix of buds, blossom and new leaves. There will also be a new addition to the orchard next week, so make sure you pop down and have a look. Parents’ farm sessions are every week from 8:30 – 9:30am on Mondays and Fridays. You can come and have a walk or you can get stuck in as there is a mountain of jobs. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads if you want to combine it with your morning dog walk.

This year the farm stall will be working slightly differently with eggs available every day and fresh produce available every Friday afternoon! This will have been picked and prepared the same day. We should have our first small harvest ready in the next few weeks and then a variety of fruit and vegetables coming thick and fast as the term goes on.  The farm stall is located on the old donkey cart at the front of the school.

The Soay sheep are doing well and have now moved on to another area of fresh grass after a shorter time than expected on the headmaster’s paddock. They will continue to move around small areas of the school until the end of the summer term. We will be holding a silent auction at the end of term for half a lamb, more information will become available closer to the time.

Henry and Lizzie are now on their summer holidays, which is giving their enclosure a well needed break. They will return in September. They have moved only a few hundred metres down the road to Little Walstead farm where they will be clearing land ready for an edible flower garden.

We are always looking for volunteers and donations of tools, seeds etc. So if you have any old tools that you think might be of some use to us let me know. If you would like to volunteer we are always looking for help; you can email me on Farmstead@greatwalstead.co.uk 

If you haven’t seen the Farmstead display it is on the wall beyond the double doors by the Nursery. Here you can find lots of information and photos about current projects and an introduction to permaculture. The display also has a ‘we need’ section so be sure to check it out regularly.   

I hope to be doing farm updates on a more regular basis, so check back every month for more news about what’s happening down on the farm.

Welcome to Spring

Farmer Dutton