Church Farm Ardeley

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We do our best to reduce waste, reuse and recycle here at Church Farm, by building with pallet wood, using bottles, jars and tins in our craft projects, fuelling bonfires with scrap wood, composting waste straw and raw food scraps, and reusing and repurposing many other items.  When you come to Church Farm, please bring your shopping bags and egg boxes.  When you return your weekly box, why not return those egg boxes, as well. Egg boxes can be reused many times.   And when they are no longer usable, they can be torn into small pieces and added to your home compost pile.

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How to Use Holly’s Own Cookbook

Our roving reporter and Co-Farmer, Holly, also likes to cook.  While writing articles for the newsletter and helping with farm jobs, she has also been compiling a cookbook of recipes she has cooked and would like to share.  Holly has enjoyed cooking with other Co-Farmers, in the café with Chris, and supported at home. Holly and her team of editors and publishers plan to have the cookbook for sale in the shop by the end of August. 

Holly has this preview, in the form of her “to-do” list, for you.

  • To make cookbook front cover and first page.
  • To show many recipes by numbers for every page and the titles.
  • The rules about cooking and practise your cooking skills.
  • All the recipes in your cookbook.
  • Finish the back cover.

In our future is about Holly in Church Farm in their future.  To carry on with articles in their newsletters, to send out to everyone at Church Farm and to Holly’s family and part of a job I really liked to do to be famous.

Cookbook page

Holly will be back next month with a new article. The interviews are lined up and she has prepared her questions. 

Rural Care, where care for land and people meet.  Rural Care enables people with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues to work on a farm, learn skills, and make friends.  Working on a farm is a great way to keep healthy, and build confidence and self-esteem.

 


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From the Farmer

Did you know….

  • In Vicars Orchard there are 700 trees and 130 different varieties of Top Fruit. Many local varieties include great names like “Reverend Wilks” and “Rivers Early.”
  • Much of the grass in the orchard we leave till late July before cutting. This for birds, wildlife and less work. Please help keep dogs from scaring ground nesting birds off nests.
  • “Bastard Fallow” – an old term for leaving ground and cultivating to kills weeds is being carried out in Lowany to control docks and thistles
  • Hoping for bumper crop of grass from Squitmore this year.
  • We finally got all potatoes and onions in on 13th May, fingers crossed.
  • Pigs are moving to fresh ground in Vicarage Field. Will grow mustard as a green manure where they have been, and then potatoes next year.
  • We have 2000 tons of manure to spread and plough in. Most will go onto the field vegetable ground in Great Field.
  • It was 10 years in February since Walnut and Vicars Orchard were planted.
  • Each year we cut 1/22 of the Squitmore Spring Wood in a coppice rotation. This has let in a lot of light and encouraged undergrowth in the past 10 years.
  • 90% of sycamores now removed from the woods and ash and oak regrowth has been encouraged.
  • There are bats galore!

Tim

 

 


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Meet Farmer Tom

Hello everyone, my name is Farmer Tom am 30 years old, married and have 2 boys, Toby and Noah, who enjoy coming to help on the farm with me. I have be working on the for nearly 3 years now and I really enjoy it.  I studied agriculture at Stratton School with a dream to work on a farm. But after I passed my exams I ended up working in retail. I did manage to work my way up to a store manager. but it was never what I wanted to do in life. Then I saw the job at Church Farm and I have been happy ever since.

What I enjoy most on the farm is sharing my knowledge with everyone about the farm and seeing the excitement in people’s faces when they get to see the animals close up. I looking forward to a busy camping season this year.

Farmer Tom leads activities like egg collecting and Farmer for a Day, and might be the driver for your Tractor and Trailer ride.  Be sure and say “Hi” when you see him at the farm!