Who is Ahmed?

Who is Ahmed?

II have been talking often twice a week with Ahmed for 24 years yet we have never met.  More about this later. The Hungry Gap is the hardest time of year for us  farmers: a few weeks, usually in April, May and early June, after the winter crops have ended but...
Soil health, green manures and covid 19

Soil health, green manures and covid 19

I started my working career in banking so if we compare agriculture to banking the soil is our capital . Healthy soils are alive with a careful balance of bacteria, fungi , earthworms and a myriad of other organisms within and on top of the soil busy making soil...
Kale – Nutrient-dense superfood

Kale – Nutrient-dense superfood

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Kale is part of the Brassica/cabbage family, along with broccoli, cauliflower Brussels sprouts and of course cabbages. It is grown for its edible leaves but unlike cabbage it doesn’t develop a head. It originated in the eastern...
February Nature Notes at the farm

February Nature Notes at the farm

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Flocks of siskins have been regular visitors to the farm during February. Siskins are resident Finches with lemon-yellow plumage, long, narrow curved bills and forked tails They have joined the flocks of long-tailed tits feeding up...
Playing with the butterflies

Playing with the butterflies

The weather tide has changed at last. After such a wet winter and a very cold spring we cannot wait to get started on a new seasons plantings. All being well we will be ploughing and preparing ground next week. We have to admit a sense of nervousness after what can...