March

Monday 10th May 2010

The farm is awash with springs breaking out where I have never seen them before. With sodden fields and no sign of a break in the weather we are starting to get nervous about our early plantings of lettuce, cabbage, potatoes and carrots as well as the rhubarb; they should all be in the ground by now. The soil is... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Snow can be seen up the valley on Dartmoor and planting has come to a halt for a few days while we wait for the recent blast of winter to pass. Plants, used to being huddled together in a warm greenhouse, can wilt and collapse in a matter of minutes if planted out in isolation and blasted by the northerly... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The farm is a hive of frantic activity as we rush to make use of a wonderful break in the weather. The better drained, south facing fields have dried quickly allowing us to make a start planting potatoes, cabbages, lettuce and carrots. The soil temperature has already topped nine degrees, about a month ahead of expectations, so these plantings should... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Monday 10th May 2010

We would happily trade the wet weather of the past week for a month of dry weather through to April: now is the calm before the storm as we take stock before planting starts in earnest. The Soil Association, who certify the farm as organic, require growers to use organic seed wherever it is available so we have trawled through numerous... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Monday 10th May 2010

We were lulled into a false sense of security with the warmer weather we... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Inevitably the growth of the organic market has brought with it an influx of commercial companies and farms following the latest customer trends. These businesses have contributed to the professionalism and quality of organic products but some people question whether their purely financial motivation can operate hand in hand with the fundamental organic principles. The Soil Association organic standards are incredibly... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

Each month we offer an exciting range of fresh seasonal extras as well as a whole host of organic goodies. This month we have lots of great new season produce including fantastic local spring greens and watercress, sweet and juicy cherry tomatoes, Montezuma dark chocolate for a little Easter treat and locally produced flour. After months of searching for a regional,... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

In a field, only a few miles from our own, alien invaders have been discovered... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

The first fruit trees are in leaf and we are buried in a tidal wave of cauliflowers, brought on by the continuing ridiculously mild weather. Our first cabbages and lettuces are ready for planting out and the soil is certainly warm enough for sowing carrots and planting early potatoes. Unfortunately any attempt to make a seed bed would just create... continued

Monday 10th May 2010

After five months indoors, munching their way through ten tonnes of silage apiece, the cows got their first taste of spring grass last week. Unsurprisingly they tend to get a bit overexcited and even the older ones are to be seen attempting the occasional doublelegged back kick. Sudden changes of diet are bad for both the milk and the health... continued