This weekend I’m off to Abbey Home Farm, an 800 hectare organic oasis in the Cotswolds. I’ll be meeting up with nine of our Future Growers, who are learning some of the techniques and approaches needed to produce fruit and veg for the growing organic market. We’ve been running this programme now for eight years and have seen over 50 new organic growers dip their hands in the soil and step onto their own organic journey, so I thought it might be a good time to look back at what some of them have gone on to.
02 October 2015 | 0 Comments
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Well here I am again; you might remember me from my two year blog about what life was like as a Soil Association apprentice… The Future Growers scheme has asked me for an update on how life has been treating me since I finished last July, so here we go! Since finishing the apprenticeship I have been working on expanding my pig business, The Rooted Pig.
02 June 2014 | 3 Comments
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This week has been a whirlwind. I’ve spent most of everyday sat on a tractor making hay. After its been cut the grass needs turning several times and this week we have perfect hay weather to help us along, boiling sun and a drying breeze. Still the hay needs turning to get all the green bits cooked. By the middle of the week we are on to baling and I get to have a go with the brand new rake. I haven’t really done rowing up before but I like the symmetry of the rows. The rake spins round lots of tines to scrape all the hay, which is spread higgledy-piggledy all over the field, into neat rows so the baler can come along and gobble it all up and turn it into bales
14 July 2013 | 8 Comments
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Sunday brings us no lambs at all but Monday morning is chaos. Three ewes have lambed and there are six lambs but it seems as though nobody knows which lambs belong to whom. We get them all in the pens and then start the task of sorting them out. It’s pretty easy to tell if a lamb doesn’t belong to a ewe as she will push it away so after a bit of trial and error I think I get it sorted. Trouble is when I go down the field to feed the cattle I find another lamb under the trailer… back to the drawing board. I get it sorted to a certain degree but one of the ewes has decided she is only having one lamb, the middle ewe meanwhile has four and doesn’t seem to mind that very much. Looks like someone is going in the adopter, there is no way that one of these ewes had four lambs, and there is no way she can feed four.
24 March 2013 | 2 Comments
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We are creosoting all the gates at Wallacefield. There are We are creosoting all the gates at Wallacefield. There are quite a few wooden ones and it’s a nice messy job. Trouble is one of our tup’s, James likes to use the gate as a scratching post. Having carefully watched us paint it he then ambles over for a lead/scratch. We only notice later when we go past and there is a suspiciously striped Suffolk in the field. Silly boy.
07 October 2012 | 0 Comments
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