Movement and Music Workshop

Spark your imagination through a fun
movement and music workshop this weekend!

If you didn’t get chance to come to the creative workshop last Sunday, don’t worry because the Sowing Seeds workshops are back this weekend! All levels and ages welcome, just bring yourself, your enthusiasm and a sense of humour.

Workshop Date: Sunday 26 March 2017
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm

Register to attend for free at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sowing-seeds-family-friendly-performance-and-workshops-tickets-32620576021

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Mental Health Ketso Session

Our farming isn’t just about growing crops, it’s about nurturing the mind as well as the body, the two go hand in hand. I learned a few years ago that working outside on the land with my hands growing food had massive affect on how I felt.

Yesterday a group of us we’re asked to give our opinions about current mental health services and how they might be improved in the future. My colleagues are an amazing group of people with a set of diverse skills and experience so it was an enlightening experience working with them through this exercise.

Hajra who is working for West Lancashire Council for Voluntry Services on secondment from Lancashire’s Care Commissioning Group held the session in our barn on the field. She was happy with the range of opinion that she received and enjoyed working with us.

Generally our group was big on ideas for preventing mental health problems and feel this is where the biggest gains are to be made.

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Sowing Seeds and Sowing Seeds

Sunday saw the latest instalment of our ‘Sowing Seeds’ arts project where people came to the farm to make props for the performance on Sunday 2nd of April. Lots of new faces saw the farm for the first time and had a great time cutting sticking and folding.

Next Sunday (26th March) is the ‘music and movement’ part of the project.

‘Spark your imagination through a fun movement and music workshop led by choreographer Trixi Bold and Edgehill University alumni dancer Sophie Trueman.
All levels welcome, just bring yourself, your enthusiasm and a sense of humour.

Workshop Dates: Sunday 26 March 2017
Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm’

To find out more and book your free place click here.

Sowing beet seeds.

Whilst all this was going on, I was sowing real seeds in our poly tunnel. Now we are well in to March we’re going to ramp up on the growing side of the farm and there is lots of work to be done.

If you want to get involved and learn about organic growing techniques come along and join us on our volunteer days which are Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays – 10:00am until 3:00pm.

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Free Creative Workshop!

Come let your creativity blossom this weekend at the farm!

There’s still plenty of time to register for this Sunday’s free creative workshop for the Sowing Seeds performance. So get your crafting hats ready because there’s something for everyone! We will be making flower pot puppets, fox ears and origami cranes – ‘blooming’ wonderful!

Workshop date: Sunday 19th March 2017

Time: 11:30am- 1.30pm

Register for free at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sowing-seeds-family-friendly-performance-and-workshops-tickets-32620576021

 

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Free Creative Workshops

Still time to reserve your ‘seeding’ for this weekends free creative workshop!

Come put on your crafting hats and join us for a family fun day of creative prop making for the Sowing Seeds performance. There’s something for everyone with flower pot puppets, fox ears and origami cranes!

Workshop date: Sunday 19th March 2017
Time: 11:30am- 1.30pm

Register for free at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sowing-seeds-family-friendly-performance-and-workshops-tickets-32620576021

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Why Are We Here?

Starting a small scale food growing project like ours off the ground is tough. It is sometimes hard to make the economics work and it’s physically demanding.

So, why are we doing it, ‘why are we here?’

We are working on a community growing project because:

• This kind of food growing is better for the environment.
• It is environmentally sustainable.
• Giving areas over to wildlife gives space for biodiversity and helps our plants to thrive.
• We want our children and grandchildren to enjoy and learn about nature.
• People should know how and have the opportunity to grow their own food.
• We don’t want to eat herbicides and pesticides.
• Increasing industrialisation of agriculture is harming out planet and decimating many species of wildlife.
• Growing food by hand keeps us happy, fit and strong.
• 70% of the worlds population gets its food from small scale farmers – we think you should have that opportunity.

There are loads of other reasons I can’t remember as I sit here at the breakfast table, but the above is enough to get me out of bed this morning and make me want to get down to the field and get stuck in.

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Sowing Seeds Project

Come and sow some creative seeds at the farm this weekend!

Sowing Seeds’ is an exciting collaboration, happening at the farm, between Edge Hill University students and Walk the Plank Learning. Offering lots of family friendly opportunities to get stuck in at our workshops (Sundays 19th and 26th march) and an exciting performance for everyone to enjoy on April 2nd! So bring your family, friends and of course your wellies and help us celebrate spring!

For any more information or to register to attend for free, head over to:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sowing-seeds-family-friendly-performance-and-workshops-tickets-32620576021

 

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Sowing Seeds

Come and sow some creative seeds at the farm this weekend!

Sowing Seeds’ is an exciting collaboration, happening at the farm, between Edge Hill University students and Walk the Plank Learning. Offering lots of family friendly opportunities to get stuck in at our workshops (Sundays 19th and 26th march) and an exciting performance for everyone to enjoy on April 2nd! So bring your family, friends and of course your wellies and help us celebrate spring!

For any more information or to register to attend for free, head over to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sowing-seeds-family-friendly-performance-and-workshops-tickets-32620576021

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Start Of The Hoeing

 

It was just about dry enough this morning to break out the wheel hoe and run it through the over wintered broad beans. Weeds are just starting to make their way into the crop so disrupting their progress can only be a good thing.

The double wheeled hoe is ideal for cultivating between standing crops when they are young. It’s also very efficient, letting me work three 100ft beds is about 15 minutes. Hoeing in damp conditions isn’t the best for killing weeds but as spring progresses you feel the need to get started as soon as you can to try to keep ahead of the game.

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Barn Work

Rob and Terry getting stuck in to paneling out the barn today.

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