An exciting day at the farm as our first kid goats were born. The mother clover who is five years old and she had triplets, all boys who are doing well. Well done to our student Oliver who noticed the kids being born and helped out especially the one that was breach.
17th February is my mum's birthday, sadly no longer with us but her spirit lives on as does her passion for animals with me. Mum (Coral Franklin nee Cave) moved to the farm with my dad in 1959 and loved the farm though she did get upset whenever an animal left the farm for market. She loved her dogs and a great passion for cats. Always a smart lady and she would be proud what we are doing to help young people and animals at the farm now.
To help raise funds to support our charity we are pleased to announce that we have two 2019 calendars for sale Our Animals and our Back to Nature calendar
Our animal calendar features seasonal photos of our animals many you will know like Marlene, Widget & Lucky . Also each month information of how you can help the project.
Our Back to Nature features supporters of the charity baring all, well bare shoulders in very tasteful shots.
The Animal calendars are £8 for A4 & £10 for A3
The Back to nature A4 £8
You can buy two A4 calendars for £15
You can purchase your calendar from one of the team, Devizes The giving Tree or from the farm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thanks to everyone who help with the calendars and already started helping with our 2020 calendar.
We are pleased to be part of Melksham Family Learning Festival programme 2018. Sunday 28th October – 10.30 – 2.00pm
Come along for free to our rural learning centre and take part in some outdoor activities.
You can meet and feed the animals, have a tractor ride, do some farm foraging and try some rural craft, plant poppies, wild flowers, try mangold hurling and lots more. Please book in to make sure you have a place. Email: email@example.com or call: 07837 568699
To find out more visit https://ocm.wiltshire.gov.uk/melksham/melksham-family-learning-festival-programme-2018/
This April we were asked by Martin one of our volunteers if we could grow mangolds at the farm. We welcome ideas from our volunteers and this idea like the mangold grew and grew. Martin suggested a mangold hurling competition just after harvest.
Mangold hurling has been a tradition in England for centuries so we thought it was time to bring it back to the farm with our own UK championship to raise awareness for a crop that is a great feed for animals and easy to grow
Some fodder beet (mangold) facts in German they are called Futterrübe, Dutch its oederbiet. They are okay left in the ground but temperatures of - 5°C or lower will damage them. Best harvested and kept in a clamp. You can produce around 24 tonnes per acre and are amongst the largest consumers of CO2; they also release the highest amounts of O2.
SO on 20 October 2019 we held the mangold hurling championship.
The day before our willow (one of our mangolds maidens) picked the largest mangold, our target mangold called a norman. Our fair maiden then bathed and brushed the large mangold (norman) with her special waters.