Carving pumpkins is lots of fun and there are no end of suggestions as to what images to cut out from these autumnal vegetables. Technically, pumpkins are a fruit but let’s not get bogged down in botany! After Halloween, many pumpkins end up being discarded, sometimes in the bin but hopefully in compost heaps. And there’s nothing wrong with a compost heap, we have
We are great believers in making connections with our local community. At the launch of our community initiative “Together on Tuesdays” (which is funded by National Lottery money) we were delighted to meet the landlord of The Victory Mersea. He was fascinated by our aims and philosophy and keen to get involved to support our endeavours. The Victory has a great pub garden and
Thank you to everyone who helped to make our first Party on The Farm so amazing. The weather was perfect despite the high winds and rain in the days leading up to the party. But by 4pm the sky was clear and we were ready to get our groove on. We are particular grateful to: The V Team at the University of Essex Cat
The staff team arrive before the Co-farmers to sure that everything is ready for the day. They check all the animals and preparing the board with the jobs which need doing that day. They will also spend time considering the needs of the farm and the group that are coming in. We plan what each individual will do, thinking carefully about whether they need
We were delighted to welcome the children, parents, carers and staff from Roman River Preschool to the farm recently. The expressions of the children’s faces as they met the animals were adorable. Looks of wonder and curiosity abounded as they got closer to the animals and that was before they were allowed to feed the goats. Cuddly toys that move and eat – pure
As our new volunteer receptionist decided that she did like us and that she could cope with the cold (an occupational hazard when working on a farm) we decided to let her loose with one of our new tablets (kindly donated by WaveLength) and said “take some photos.” Once she had worked out to keep things in focus, she took some really great pictures.
Well she’s stayed all morning so we should really introduce you to Beverley, our new volunteer receptionist.labe In the real world, Beverley is a secretary in the University of Essex’s Estates and Campus Services department. She has decided to volunteer here on her day off – we think that’s pretty marvelous. In the picture she is putting labels on “BeeBombs” that are going to
We’ve written a lot about our co-farmers some of the things they’ve done and also said how people get referred to our service. We realised, however, that we haven’t yet told you what happens in those early days when they are new to the farm. We posed this question to Emma, the centre manager and this is what she told us. The first week
We’re a few weeks in to the new term (the other day someone said we’re half way to Halloween but we don’t want to think about that yet) and everyone is settling in. We have welcomed back some old co-farmers and are delighted that we have some new ones too. Everyone is getting to know each other and in a separate blog Emma our
Marsh & Mclennan chose to hold a volunteer day at Wellies-On. They cut the hedgerow back to make way for the disabled access to the yurt. Measured and create shuttering ready for concrete for the new yard area. The photos show what great work they did. We hope they enjoyed themselves; they made a big difference to us.