Spring Open Day 2016!

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Ladies and gentlemen… Spring is finally here and we’d like to welcome you all to our first open day of the year!

Plenty to do for all ages: lots of learning, fun and exploring to be had. See the poster for all the details, and give us a shout on farm@thechildrenscentre.org.im for any more information.

See you all soon!

–New addition to Polytunnel 2–

 

A banana tree. That’s right.. a banana tree. In Douglas.

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Through a super kind donation, the farm has landed a real-life banana tree. Very exciting. After some deliberation, we decided its new home should be polytunnel 2. To make sure it felt comfortable- moving home can be a stressful experience- we gave it a handful of fish, blood and bone fertiliser, some cardboard bedding and a good drenching.

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VOILA!

Building a No-Dig Bed!!

Today was physical.

The no-dig bed is a cake of green (plant material) and brown (manure) tasty layers making a growing space that is really light and full of slow-release nutrients. Once you’ve sweated away to build it, the practice is to never dig it again- just sow directly into the topsoil and cover any weeds over with more compost or straw.

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Firstly we dug a big hole- about a foot-ish deep…

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So our recipe goes— 1, first add a bit of wood to hold the water and slowly break down-releasing goodness. 2, Next some Straw

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3, Crumble in a handsome dash of compost. 4, a bit of soil

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5, A dusting of Sawdust. 6, Finish and present with a dollop of Mushroom Compost.

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VOILA!!!

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BRING ON THE SALADS. Cheers

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Want to visit The Farm? Here’s how…

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On Saturday 26th September  we will be offering farm tours for small groups (max 5 people). (Please note this is the last one of the year)

Tours will be available hourly from 10am until 3pm.

  • Booking is essential. Please use the form below to book.
  • Visitors are more than welcome to stay longer!
  • Come prepared for whatever the weather has in store.

This Week’s Crop Share…

Do you like fresh and locally grown produce? If so, then our crop share is for you!

Our Crop Share is an opportunity for you to eat fresh and locally grown produce whilst supporting our charitable activities.

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We have 5 shares available, on a first come first serve basis, for collection/delivery on Thursday 3rd September (and will be available weekly whist produce is growing!)

  • A weekly share costs £10 and will provide for approximately 1 to 3 adults/kids
  • The amount and varieties of produce in each weekly bag will vary according to what’s coming off our veg patches and out of the polytunnels. Each share will have a contents list.

To purchase your share, please fill out the form below and if we have a share left we will send you a link to pay through paypal on Wednesday. We will also contact you if you haven’t been successful. Please check on a weekly basis!

This weeks crop share…

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Do you like fresh and locally grown produce? If so, then our crop share is for you!

Our Crop Share is an opportunity for you to eat fresh and locally grown produce whilst supporting our charitable activities.

We have 5 shares available, on a first come first serve basis, for collection/delivery on Thursday 27th August (and will be available weekly whist produce is growing!)

  • A weekly share costs £10 and will provide for approximately 1 to 3 adults/kids
  • The amount and varieties of produce in each weekly bag will vary according to what’s coming off our veg patches and out of the polytunnels. Each share will have a contents list.

To purchase your share, please fill out the form below and if we have a share left we will send you a link to pay through paypal on Tuesday. We will also contact you if you haven’t been successful. Please check on a weekly basis!

This weeks Crop Share…

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Do you like fresh and locally grown produce? If so, then our crop share is for you!

Our Crop Share is an opportunity for you to eat fresh and locally grown produce whilst supporting our charitable activities.

We have 5 shares available, on a first come first serve basis, for collection/delivery on Thursday 20th August (and will be available weekly whist produce is growing!)

  • A weekly share costs £10 and will provide for approximately 1 to 3 adults/kids
  • The amount and varieties of produce in each weekly bag will vary according to what’s coming off our veg patches and out of the polytunnels. Each share will have a contents list.

To purchase your share, please fill out the form below and if we have a share left we will send you a link to pay through paypal on Tuesday. We will also contact you if you haven’t been successful. Please check on a weekly basis!

This Week’s Crop Share…

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Do you like fresh and locally grown produce? If so, then our crop share is for you!

Our Crop Share is an opportunity for you to eat fresh and locally grown produce whilst supporting our charitable activities.

We have 5 shares available, on a first come first serve basis, for collection/delivery on Thursday 13th August (and will be available weekly whist produce is growing!)

  • A weekly share costs £10 and will provide for approximately 1 to 3 adults/kids
  • The amount and varieties of produce in each weekly bag will vary according to what’s coming off our veg patches and out of the polytunnels. Each share will have a contents list.

To purchase your share, please fill out the form below and if we have a share left we will send you a link to pay through paypal on Tuesday. We will also contact you if you haven’t been successful. Please check on a weekly basis!

This Week’s Crop Share…

PotatoesDo you like fresh and locally grown produce? If so, then our crop share is for you!

Our Crop Share is an opportunity for you to eat fresh and locally grown produce whilst supporting our charitable activities.

We have 6 shares available, on a first come first serve basis, for collection/delivery on Thursday 6th August (and will be available weekly whist produce is growing!)

  • A weekly share costs £10 and will provide for approximately 1 to 3 adults/kids
  • The amount and varieties of produce in each weekly bag will vary according to what’s coming off our veg patches and out of the polytunnels. Each share will have a contents list.

To purchase your share, please fill out the form below and if we have a share left we will send you a link to pay through paypal on Tuesday. We will also contact you if you haven’t been successful. Please check on a weekly basis!

This week’s Crop Share…

9lbs of black currants - still measuring up the red ones!

Do you like fresh and locally grown produce? If so, then our crop share is for you!

Our Crop Share is an opportunity for you to eat fresh and locally grown produce whilst supporting our charitable activities.

We have 6 shares available, on a first come first serve basis, for collection/delivery on Thursday 30th July (and will be available weekly whist produce is growing!)

 

  • A weekly share costs £10 and will provide for approximately 1 to 3 adults/kids
  • The amount and varieties of produce in each weekly bag will vary according to what’s coming off our veg patches and out of the polytunnels. Each share will have a contents list.

To purchase your share, please fill out the form below and if we have a share left we will send you a link to pay through paypal on Tuesday. We will also contact you if you haven’t been successful. Please check on a weekly basis!

We’re fully booked for the Farm Tours on Saturday!

Thanks everyone for your speedy bookings, and apologies to those that we couldn’t fit in. Hopefully you can make it next time (Saturday 26th September) or to our Open Day (Saturday 15th August)!

Want to visit The Community Farm?

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On Saturday 18th July we will be offering farm tours for small groups (max 5 people).

Tours will be available hourly from 10am until 3pm.

  • Booking is essential. Please use the form below to book.
  • Visitors are more than welcome to stay longer!
  • Come prepared for whatever the weather has in store.

We’re fully booked for Saturday! 

Thanks everyone for your speedy bookings, and apologies to those that we couldn’t fit in. Hopefully you can make it next time (Saturday 18th July) or to our Open Day (Saturday 15th August)!

Want to visit The Community Farm?

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On Saturday 16th May we will be offering farm tours for small groups (max 5 people).

Tours will be available hourly from 10am until 3pm.

  • Booking is essential. Please use the form below to book.
  • Visitors are more than welcome to stay longer!
  • Come prepared for whatever the weather has in store.

Hello 2015…

Our first post of 2015… And look how cute our new arrivals are… And here’s Nigel ploughing ahead despite the grey clouds!

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2014 was a great year!

  • We sold approximately 200kgs of veg though our popular Crop Share Scheme and to local cafes/restaurants (such as Noa Bakehouse).
  • We had Open Days and Open Afternoons which saw approximately 500 people visit The Farm.
  • We had 5 days of corporate volunteers helping out – along with our regular volunteers, an approximate total of 1000 hours of volunteers!
  • The Harvest Moon Festival raised approximately £1400!
  • And loads more…!!

We are busy planning and organising for 2015 to make sure its bigger and better than last year… so watch this space…