Due to the awful outbreak of COVID-19, we have had to close our metaphorical doors to all the lovely schools that were due to visit us.
As you can not come to us,
we have decided to bring the farm to you!
We have started a YouTube channel - SHIMPLING PARK FARM - to document what we are doing on the farm at this really busy time of year for you to experience from the comfort of your own home!
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From all of us at Shimpling Park Farm, stay safe and enjoy your "virtual farm visits".
Shimpling Park Farm - Coming to you! 8.4.20
Cultivating and Drilling carries on and the lambs are coming
What an extraordinary 12 months !
Hottest, driest record on year. Tough for sheep and tough on the grass.
September it started raining and didn't stop. Tough on autumn planting.
We had the wettest January and February possible in 2020.
End of March 2020 and we are finally starting to plant our spring crops.
And then came Coronavirus !
We are isolating as a 'farm family' to try and get the work done safely.
Seeds are getting planted and the lambs are beginning to pop out.
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.