Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Veg Box Calculations

So I fished around and found this photo of our first veg box, taken in 2006. My how the time has flown, and what trials and tribulations we've been through to get back here!

firstbox

The exciting news is, we are on the land, it's cleared and good to go, and we are now advertising shares available for next season. In the next day or two we will work out the maths, and explain how it all works, but we know shares will be limited, and we know we will be booking from now, to commence next spring, and if there are any goodies on offer in the interim they will be made available to those with booked shares.

Looking back despite the slightly holey spinach and the random collection of tomatoes, we did not badly for a first box then, and we'll do a lot better this time with nearly a decade more experience under our belts!

Off to get to work on the land for me today !  Can't wait to get stuck into preparing it.  I'll be back with pricing information as soon as we've worked out the fine detail.

 

 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Aida and Minnie are still for sale

I'm very sad that they are. I would like to keep all my goats.

Trouble is, we have to work hard on staying on plan this year, and the goat dairy is not a this year thing.

Aida is coming 4 and Minnie her daughter is coming 2, Aida has just had the one kid - Minnie - and Minnie is ready to go to the billy now.  Aida is a purebred British Toggenburg, though unregistered, Minnie is BT x Saanen.

aida and minnieGoats and Cameras. Either they're close enough to eat the darn thing, or they're walking away.

 

Anyway, they weren't cheap to raise and we won't be giving them away, but a really good home is pretty important to us, so get in touch if you have an offer to make.

 

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Farm News Friday - Savory Bites

Well there's been on onrush recently of opinion which opposes all livestock farming, and frustratingly usually condemns all farmers with one sweeping stroke.

Often the claims of those who uphold that meat production is destroying the planet are woefully under researched, and either willfully or ignorantly quote statistics from 'feed lots' as a reason to stop producing Welsh Lamb.

Here in the UK most of our meat is grass reared, and we don't really have the feed lot system.

George Monbiot recently offered the same dish served cold in The Guardian, by way of 'interviewing' Allan Savory.

It was really interesting to watch the fall out from this hatchet job from the inside, within the confines of a Regrarian group online. Shocked participants reeled as they took giant steps back from Monbiot,  whom they had previously admired. A few of us who were singularly unimpressed to start off with tried not to mutter, 'I told you so'.

I won't attempt to describe what a shabby little effort it really was, since the Savory Institute has done so far better than I ever would, with dignity and integrity.  Nice to know someone still has that.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Picture of a man telling the truth. You might want to cut out and keep. Rarity value accumulating.[/caption]

 

You can read the Savory Institutes measured rebuttal here.