As mentioned on the home page I may not be able to keep this as current as I would like so if it doesnt look like anything is happening it just means that we are busy doing it rather than writing about it...come and join us and lend a hand !
- At our Annual General Meeting stakeholders voted in support of becoming a Co-Operative. Plenty of work to be done finalising the detail, crossing Ts and dotting Is but the team looking into it hope to have a final proposal for stakeholder consideration very soon.
This is an exciting time of the growing year. The soil has warmed and we have already got so much sown and growing.
The rhubarb is growing at a truly amazing rate and providing us with tremendous amounts of produce (I have plenty stored away in the freezer for later in the year when there is none). The First Early potatoes (curious about why they are call that ? Come along, have a chat and see them for yourself) are putting on good growth and the teams are busy earthing them up.
The Purple Sprouting Broccoli is coming to an end now but the spring greens are doing well and tasting delicious. Over wintering broad beans are putting on bulk and looking good ...ooooww I can almost taste them already. Early carrots from our poly tunnels are a fabulous treat and packed full of flavour. Seeds are germinating a plenty. Kohlrabi and turnip seedlings are doing well as are onions.
The fruit trees and bushes are looking splendid.
Now, it may sound like I am excited by all of this ...well its true ..I am! Eating seasonal and truly fresh produce is a truly joyous experience, if you would like to try it too then why not come along and give it a go ? You can add to this a reduction of your impact on the environment by minimal 'food miles' and you will share your pleasure with a bunch of others who are keen to do the same.
What are you waiting for ? ...do it now ! :)
PS Highbridge Community Farm is holding an open day, the perfect excuse to get you down for a visit (but you don't have to wait for June of course, use the contact us page to arrange a visit before nor after )
You might be excused for thinking that this is a quiet time of year in the growing side of things...but you would be wrong of course ! We are busy getting manure or compost into the growing areas, fences beng repaired, storage areas made, sowing lines being made and thats after we have harvested leeks, cavolo nero, leeks, brussel sprouts and salads from the polytunnels. The fruit team are busy pruning and making paths. The Polytunnels have been cleaned and are now gleaming. It won't be long now before we start sowing seed..how exciting. It also won't be long before the Spring Greens are ready to crop, they are putting on bulk nicely and are benefiting from there extra feed of poulty poo pellets. The new seasons rhubarb growth is just starting to poke through the ground.
Now is also the time of year to put into practice all those promises you made yourself last year.....come and join us and enjoy the benefits ! :
- Enjoy being outside
- Fresh produce
- Reduced grocery costs
- Meet new people and shared enterprise
- Learn about growing vegetables and fruit
It's an exciting time of year, plenty of things growing, sowinbg to be done, seedlingd to tend....nets to be placed to keep pigeons away ! There is a buzz of activity. We are still having lots of produce to harvest and enjoy. This Saturday we were able to have:
- Purple Sprouting Broccili
- Spring Green cabbage
- Lambs Lettuce, mizuno and rocket
...and I'm still using potatoes, onion, shallots and Crown Prince Squash stored from last season. Then of course there is the preserved items, chutneys, tomato and shallot sauces, pickled oniond and shallots, frozen spinach.
As you can see plenty to enjoy both now and looking forward to all that lovely new items as they come into season...oh the joy of seasonal produce grown by you and your friends !
What are stakeholders up to ?
Crikey....where to start, there is so much going on. Well in truth of course it hasnt really stopped. We have been fortunate to have good supplies of produce to our stakeholders over winter and even though the sprouts have finished we have good supplies of:
- brassicas, (cabbage, cavalo nero (Kale))
- Swiss Chard
- salad leaves (poly tunnel)
- beetroot (we left some in the ground and tucked it up under straw, the mild winter has helped)
We have spent a lot of time picking up netting that has been blown over !
Broad beans are shooting up nicely
Manure being spread and then covered with sheet (plastic I'm afraid but we take care to make it last for many many seasons) to prevent excess leeching of nutrients with all this heavy rain.
Onion seed is sown and starting to germinate in the poly tunnels.
Loads of planning for the teams to start sowing in the next few weeks...hoping the cold snap doesnt take hold and last too long.
I am starting to think about recruiting...spring always gets people thinking about growing and I want people to be able to take up the opportunity to join together and have somewhere to put their thoughts into action and enjoy the benefits of community, exercise, fresh air, great food, cheaper bills, low carbon miles.....and have fun !