Due to the awful outbreak of COVID-19 we have had to close our metaphorical doors to all visitors and schools so we have decided to bring the farm to you with a weekly diary
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Crops are growing, as are weeds. We are doing some research about the best beans for an organic system and we have started sheering the very wooly sheep!
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The rams have done their job! The lads were introduced to the ladies on the 5th November and having been working hard to make sure that we have a good crop of lambs in the spring. They are now relaxing with Yogi the hairy pony who has adopted them and leads them around the farm better than any sheep dog!
Our autumn crops are now beginning to peek through the soil. We sow our crops on wider rows so that we can mechanically hoe inbetween the rows to deal with weeds as we don't like to use chemical sprays on our farm. However, we only hoe when necessary to avoid disturbing ground nesting birds.
We are now fully underway with sowing our autumn cereals. Winter barley, spelt and oats are in the ground with wheat being sown today. Seedbeds have been excellent and with a warm start to October the crops should emerge within the week. This autumn we are using our new Swedish drill which not only sows seed but hoes weeds out of our crops as well.