We want to be able to farm in a very diverse way, like Nature does, making the best use of the energy produced at the farm.
Here are our main activities at the moment:
We produce weekly vegetable boxes from June to October (20 weeks) with a mix from all of the produce that is in season. More about our veggie boxes »
From October 2019 onwards, we are trialing an extended season. This means we are likely to be offering boxes every second week, all the way through to June 2020.
We have an exposed site. This means plenty of sun. But also plenty of wind, which can make it difficult for our plants to grow.
Trees and hedges are our best allies in making the growing area more sheltered and a pleasent place for flora and fauna to live. These rows of shelter act as biodiversity habitats, where pollinators and pest predators find a home.
Over 7000 native trees were planted on 6 acres of the land in 2018. This stretch connects to an existing 3 acres of old woodland, which is also under a native conservation plan.
Both of these projects were organised by Richard and Tim Nairn, Hazel’s father and brother. Friends and neighbours gave their weekends to help us plant the trees in our first community project. We all contributed to a positive change in our environment and it felt great to work together for a beautiful cause.
Foraging and Fermenting
We love exploring the local wild areas and picking whatever is edible and in season, eating it fresh or turning it into delicious preserves, krauts, juices and pickles. Elderflower champagne is one of them, or wild garlic pesto… We also ferment much of the extra food that is produced in the Market Garden.
We are now developing stock to plant food forest systems within the land too. This is one of our biggest passions; the abundance of food and life that happens within a forest is amazing.
Forests are the natural direction in which most ecosystems move when left alone. We want to work like nature and make as many forests as possible, so we are aiming to plant our first Agroforestry plot in 2020.
Aww gawd we love them.
For each existing species of plant, there are 8 to 10 species of mushrooms. There are lots of them out there!
We are still learning how to cultivate mushrooms. For now it’s a hobby. But we want to feature fungi as part of our production in the future.