We are delighted to be welcoming forager extraordinaire Matthew Rooney to the farm on Sunday 17th June for a foraging and wildlife walk. If you have ever wondered which weeds you can eat, feed to your chickens, use for tea, improve soil health... this is for you! Also expect some flower tasting and tree identification.
Time: 1.30pm (until about 2.45pm - it will overlap into our Open Farm afternoon)
Parking: yes although cycle or car share is even better!
Disabled access: yes - we have an accessible toilet. The orchards are also reasonably accessible but ask if you have mobility issues and we'll try and advise (and help if we can)
Cost: £7 per person
Booking: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org - space is limited so make sure you do this
Children: We think this would be appropriate for around 13 years and upwards.
Tell your friends: Yes please! There will be delicious cakes and ice cream for sale to finish off the day.
NB: Our Open Farm event is happening from 2-4pm. If you are lucky you can combine this with den building, coffee, cake and painting!
We are now holding our 'Open Farm Sunday' event on Sunday 17th May
Sunday 10th June - Open Farm Day
Cakes and coffees, farm tours, woodland walks and den building, egg collecting, tree climbing. 2-4pm
Sunday 22nd July - Teddy Bears Family Farm Picnic
Bring a picnic, teddy bear treasure hunt, produce and flower sale, coffee and cake. 12-3pm
Sunday 19th August - Orchard Fest
Sunday 23rd September - Apple Day
Sunday 21st October - Autumn Farm Trail
Details to be confirmed
We welcome private groups as well. For a lovely, low-key (and very low cost) taste of organic and permaculture farming, please get in touch with your requirements.. School visits, book groups, retreat days, volunteer days, watercolour challenge - we are open to suggestions!
Whilst we haven't really had many rainy days, we did the ultimate rainy day activity - we completed our jigsaw of our beautiful design work that our friend Vanessa Stone has created for us. Lots of people have asked about her when they pick up our fliers. Do have a look at her website here.
Finally, don't miss an opportunity to have your own fun on our farm next Wednesday. We have our first Open Farm Event - details here. Expect farm tours, trampolining, apple pressing, pop-up farm shop with ethical clothing on the side, the Colchester and Ipswich sling library in residence, and much more!
It was the first pressing of season. Discovery and Scrumptious doing their very delicious thing. We have invested in a hydraulic press which is incredibly efficient and a wonder of physics, if physics gets your wonderment going.....
We will be helping the RSBP run an apple day at Flatford Mill RSPB garden on Sunday 24th September. We will have this machine working hard for us all day. Save the date!
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We have so much news but such terrible internet (who'd like to guess the company? - apparently the next slot for an engineer is 4th September.....). Rebecca is currently writing this in a Costa in Colchester with very wet feet and 100 emails to answer.
So for now three things:
1. Please sign up for our mailing list as we will be sharing our lovely new logo with you with a free prize giveaway and everything. We promise it will be completely worth it.
2. If you are London way come and stop by the Growing Communities Organic Market in Stoke Newington on Saturday - we'll be there with plums galore, discovery apples, courgette relish (#spicy), greengage jam, gooseberry cake (thanks Marina for freezing some gooseberries for us) and much more besides.
3. Here's a film of how much fun we're having. It's a John Deere come true.
While Daddy was away, we went to the Stoke Newington Organic Market: www.growingcommunities.org/market. We all had to be very responsible and carry our own snacks and water. We had to take an overground train, underground and a bus. It was quite scary at Kings Cross as there were so many people. We held other's hands very tightly. There was a tricky moment at Liverpool Street because Mummy didn't know where the bus stop was.
We went to the market because in August we are moving to a farm in Essex and it will be US going to the market with all our fruit. So we went to see how Marina does it. We tried the strawberries, raspberries, elderflower cordial and even the gooseberries and blackcurrants which were very sour.
There is a really big park behind the church with bars to swing on and a slide. There is also a labyrinth in the grass which we ran around and we did lots of flips on the bars.
After all that hard work we walked into Stoke Newington and had AMAZING ice-creams on deck chairs. Dee-licious.
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Marina gave us gooseberries! They are amazing. We have been overwhelmed by Marina and Mark's generosity of spirit, knowledge and harvest. Although perhaps we should not be surprised as permaculture is all about connections and relationships.
"The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” Juliana Birnbaum Fox
Nothing is going to stop when they leave and we arrive. Nature will keep doing its thing and hopefully we will keep the flow going. This will undoubtedly be thanks in great part to them passing us the baton with such care.
So we made gooseberry and almond cake. The bottom right picture is this year's gooseberries at the Growing Communities Saturday market and we have high hopes about bringing glorious, fruity baked treats to the market from August onwards to sell alongside the freshly picked fruit.
It went down a treat at our big father's day feast this evening, eaten al fresco in our Hertfordshire garden.
We think it needs more gooseberries so we will be making batch 2 next weekend to take over to Mark and Marina's to get their seal of approval when we next visit. We are contemplating adding ginger although the gooseberries are so tart and delicious we might just make them sing for themselves.
Here is the cake, still bubbling fresh out of the over.