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Christmas Trees 2021

We are very excited to announce that this year we are stocking top quality Nordmann Firs grown by Woodman Trees, just north of Winchester.

You can get a quality tree from us at a reasonable price:
4ft – £20
5ft – £25
6ft – £35
7ft – £45

And how about this – when you’ve finished with your tree you can bring it back to us and we will shred it and use it as mulch for our paths!!

These are Nordmann Firs – they draw in water and retain their needles for a longer period compared to the traditional Norway Spruce and other types of Fir.

We had a very interesting time learning about how they are grown when we went to meet the team at Woodmancott. It is a stunning location on the downs north of Winchester.

There are half a million trees there.

The trees are planted out when they are 3 years old and grow on for another 6 years before being harvested.

There is so much care each year to ensure they form a traditional shape.

Taking in the trees!

Care of your Tree

Cut trees are no different to cut flowers and they will dry out if they cannot draw up moisture. For best results, cut half an inch off the stem and use a water-filled Christmas tree stand.

Wreath-Making 2021

Come and join us for a 2 hour workshop with local artist Hannah Brown to create your own beautiful festive wreath to take home.

We are really excited to be running this workshop with Hannah. It’s been a while since the last one and we are very much looking forward to getting creative again.

We will be using our new all-weather space – the outdoor kitchen. There is a 2 hour workshop in the morning and another in the afternoon. In between sessions we will serve a tasty lunch devised and prepared by Louiza Hamidi and friends.

Get your tickets here on eventbrite!

AMAZING response – THANK YOU

Dear Friends,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you everyone for the overwhelming generosity expressed to the farm in our appeal for funds towards our salaries budget.

My wife is approaching early retirement as a nurse, and wants to spend more time with grandchildren and also to help on the farm. So I can no longer afford to volunteer as much as I have been and the trustees plan to increase my paid time to 4 days per week. 

We needed to raise £3858 to cover the first six months of this increase. The details are in this video:

The salary appeal was launched because were offered £1,000 of matched funding. 

I was blown away by the way it took less than 24 hours to reach the £1,000 target. I was so uplifted and encouraged by this.

This is where things currently stand:

  • We have £2,120 of pledges through the Give As You Live page
  • There will be £412.50 of Gift Aid added to this. 
  • The matched funding is £1,000.
  • There will be £250 of Gift Aid added to the matched funding
  • In addition there are new monthly donations totalling £115 per month. 

We’ve done it! 

We have reached our target for the first 6 months AND can begin saving towards the following months!!!

I am so encouraged by this generosity, and by the wide circle of family and friends who have supported me. It is also amazing to think of the numbers of people I don’t know personally who have a connection with the farm and have supported us. 

To everyone who has helped – THANK YOU. Let’s celebrate what we can do together. If you haven’t given yet but want to, we are not quite at the end of September and there is still time to make a donation.

Thank you all.

I hope to see you at the farm some time soon. We are in the midst of the best harvest season we have ever known on the farm. 

Yours

Richard

(Richard Pitt, Farm Manager)

This is me on our Outdoor Kitchen build.

Harvest Festival 2021

Save the date – Saturday 9th October – Harvest Festival.

The farm and the shop are open as normal from 9am, and the food starts at 1pm.

We will be pressing apples from 10am – bring your own to press and make some apple juice. If you can donate apples for us to press that would be great too. Thanks.

This year we will have soup at £2 and sides at £3, all made from our own ingredients.

We will be using our outdoor kitchen – it’s not finished yet, but we are progressing well.

Saturday Shop Assistant

22 August 2020

We are delighted to announce that we have employed a new Saturday shop Assistant. Visitors on Saturdays will now be served by the newest member of our team, Megan Pardey.

Congratulations Megan, we are sure you will have fun and be a great asset to our community.

Refill Detergents

We do a great range of refill detergents, supplied by Miniml and SESI.

They are wonderfully ethical – not tested on animals, vegan, biodegradable, fair wages for everyone in the supply chain, no single-use plastic – all the containers are washed and re-used.

Here is our stock list:

Product £ per litre (or kg)
Washing up liquid (apple orchard)  £ 2.20
Non-bio laundry liquid (fresh linen)  £ 3.00
Fabric Conditioner (tropical coconut)  £ 2.10
Dishwasher powder (£ per kg)  £ 4.00
Dishwasher rinse aid  £ 3.50
All purpose surface cleaner (lavender & rosemary)  £ 2.80
Toilet cleaner (spearmint & peppermint)  £ 2.50
White vinegar for cleaning  £ 1.20
Sodium bicarbonate (£ per kg) £ 1.80
Hand sanitiser £16.00
Hand soap (clementine)  £ 4.50
Hand soap (English rose) £ 6.00
Hair Shampoo (lavender, rosemary & spearmint)  £ 6.00
Hair Conditioner (lavender, rosemary & spearmint)  £ 6.00
Bubble bath / Body wash (pink grapefruit & aloe vera)  £ 4.00

Weed – Pick – Wash

We have a garden volunteering opportunity on Tuesdays.

Tuesday is our day for picking and washing veg for the shop, ready for Wednesday. We weed/prune/pick and then wash the veg. It’s how we stay on top of the weeding, doing it at the same time as picking for the shop.

Our leafy greens get a bit muddy when it rains so we always wash them and do a second check on the quality of what we are putting in the shop.

We do this from 0900 to 1300 on Tuesdays. If you would like to help, you need to book in advance.

Please call and leave a message on 023 8218 2716 to book a space.

Christmas Singing 2019

We had a great time singing festive songs round the bonfire on Friday 20 December 2019 with our friends from Living Lordswood Community Choir.

This event has become our annual tradition with Living Lordswood Community Choir. We had been very nervous about all the rain that had been going on during the week, but we had a great evening for it – you could even look up and see some stars!!

After starting with hot drinks and cakes (that people had brought with them), we gathered round the fire and Living Lordswood lead the singing.

At 7.45pm the choir went off to do more singing around the local houses. Some of us stayed by the fire for a bit. A lovely way to celebrate the end of the year and all we have done on the farm together.

Same again next year???

Permaculture Southampton 2018-04-14

In February and March we visited Liz Batten and had a really good time sharing our permaculture ideas and doing some practical work in her back garden.

This has been a simple but effective activity and we are keen to try it in another context. Do you have a project we can visit and follow the same kind of pattern? We think it is good to meet twice, to give time to think about the project and then do what we can the following visit.

Meanwhile, for the April and May sessions of Permaculture Southampton we will return to the farm.

Our next dates are Saturday April 14 and Saturday May 19 and we will gather to share our interests and expand our knowledge around permaculture. Bring your questions, ideas, inquiries, projects and problems that can be explored by the group using permaculture ethics and principles.

The plan is to arrive at 10am for some practical activity. We will talk permaculture over lunch.

Bulbs – 2018

New for 2018 – we are selling potted bulbs. You can enjoy them in the pot and then plant them in your garden.

We have chosen varieties that are hardy – they will survive in your garden or in pots and most will ‘naturalise’ – they will multiply and get better each year.

Plant in moist but well-drained and fertile soil. After flowering. allow foliage to die back naturally as this will help to feed the bulbs for the following year. It is important that the ground is not too wet when they are dormant otherwise they will rot and not grow again. After a few years, overcrowded clumps can be lifted and divided in the season when the bulbs are dormant.

The following information is from our supplier’s website: jparkers.co.uk

Name Flowering details Price
Crocus: Blue Pearl
(pot of 4)
February. Pastel soft, pearly blue; orange stigmata
h 10cm
£2.00
Crocus: Ard Schenk
(pot of 4)
February. Pure white, free flowering, long lasting.
h 10cm
 £2.00
Crocus: Ruby Giant
(pot of 4)
February. Striking ruby purple. Showy and outstanding
h 10cm
 £2.00
Crocus: Fuscotinctus
(pot of 4)
February. Deep yellow, striped purple.
h 10cm
 £2.00
Grape Hyacinth
(pot of 3)
Mid Feb to mid May. Bright blue.
h 15cm
 £2.50
Anemone: Blanda Mixed
(pot of 3)
Early March. Fine mixture of blue, pink and white shades.
h 10-15cm
 £3.00
Anemone: de Caen
(pot of 3)
April- May. Single long-stemmed poppy flowered. Great variety of colours.
h 10-15cm.
 £3.00
Tulip: Kaufmanniana Mixed
(pot of 3)
March-April. Mix of white, yellow, red
h 25cm
 £3.00
Daffodil: Tete a Tete
(pot of 1)
March, April. Yellow. 2-3 flowers / stem.
h 20cm
 £1.50
Dutch Iris
(pot of 3)
Mid April to mid June. Shades of purple, lilac, white and yellow.
h 50cm
 £3.00
Drumsticks /
Alium sphaerocephalon
(pot of 5)
May, June. Crowded heads of purple drumsticks. The flowers open green, then start to turn purple from the top, creating unusual two-tone flower heads.
h 60cm
 £3.00
Ranunculus Mixed
(pot of 3)
May, June, July
Mixed colours.
Compact Peony-shaped flowers.
h 20-25cm
 £3.00
Peruvian Lily / Alstroemeria
(pot of 1)
June to August.
Shades of pink, coral and orange.
h 45cm
 £1.50
Dwarf Gladioli: Mixed (Dwarf)
(pot of 3)
June, July, August.
Many different colours.
h 50cm
 £3.00
Ixia Mixed
(pot of 3)
June, July.
Showy six-petalled starlike flowers on tall wiry stems, sword-shaped leaves.
Various bright colours.
h 45cm
 £2.50