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!

 


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Rural Care Market Stall

The NHC students have been busy refurbishing the market stall at Rural Care.  NHC students prepared the stall for painting by giving it a big scrub to get all the dirt off.  We gave it fresh new paint all over.

We went on a treasure hunt around the farm for interesting things to decorate it with.  We are busy making signs, potting up plants and painting pebbles to sell.  With lots more exciting things to come!

So, next time you’re at Church Farm, don’t forget to visit our lovely market stall next to Home Field and pick up some treats!

NHC student, Kelly

 

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Interns at Church Farm

Did you know that Church farm provides intern placements for people from all around the world? For instance,  if you go to the farm shop you may notice a funny accent from our cashiers it may be because they come from France and Spain. To know a bit more about them, let us introduce you to Shirley.  She comes from La France, born in Normandy and studying in Burgundy. She has a Bachelors Degree in German and French literature, and is currently in a Masters Degree of International Business and Trade applied to the Food Industry, in Dijon (city of the best mustard in the whole world).

Our other lovely cashier is Irene. She comes from the South of Spain, and surprisingly, she claims that she loves the British weather. Also, she has lived in Germany for four years and finished her Bachelors degree in International Business Management. She is at Church Farm as a gap half-year before returning to Germany. She is in love with the cinema and reading. Coming from a big city, she appreciates the green Church Farm area where she can go for long walks and meditate.

Shirley and Irene

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Shirley, Charlie (UK), Irene,
Martine (The Netherlands)

 


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From the Farmer

  • We are way behind in planting this year and the ground is a real challenge, having baked hard on top, it is wet underneath still.
  • Cows finally went out on 18th April a month later than last year. So far we have 9 male calves and 1 female born. Thirty to come !
  • Cattle can be viewed from the footpaths around the farm and rotate across 4 fields moving about every 3 weeks.
  • Pig pens to move to new ground as soon as we can. Then we plant mustard, then plough that in and grow vegetables, as it acts as green manure and stops nitrogen leaching out of the soil.
  • 25 white leghorn (white birds, white eggs), 25 Cuckoo Marans (Speckeldy very dark brown eggs), and 25 Light Sussex (White bird, brown eggs) have joined the flock in the Walnut Orchard.

 —Tim