Friday 25th August is the launch date for our new distribution scheme, Fresh Food Fridays. Sign up to collect your veg from 5pm every Friday at the Shepherd and Flock pub. To celebrate the launch we are hosting an evening of free local food and drink at the pub, come along and meet our growers and volunteers… or just catch up with your fellow members! More details here.
Help! We’re preparing to leave Runfold and have already taken down the polytunnels. Our next task is on Sunday 11th Dec, at Runfold – taking down the Blue Shed and the Shelter. (We’ll also need help at some point in the week following with taking materials off site.)
Work parties start at 10am and finish… whenever. Please bring lunch, if relevant, and come for as much time as you can spare – no min. or max. – with plenty of hot drinks available on site.
It’ll be a social event but with the emphasis on Action. Don’t worry if you’re not in the first flush of youth: we need ladder-stabilisers, packers and labellers besides climbers and spanner-operators. Everyone is valued.Continue Reading "Runfold Take-down Work Party No.4 – the Big One"
Lindsay and the team of harvesters have done a great job again today of putting together another lovely share!
With beetroot back in the ‘box’, more french beans than you could shake a bamboo cane at, broad beans, a delightful looking mixed salad bag (complete with edible flowers), a healthy helping of basil (over 200g), loads of calabrese (broccoli), cucumbers, courgettes and black currents (in addition to the bought in, locally grown new potatoes). With a standard share still working out at £11.50 a week, and everything grown to organic principles, we are certainly giving the supermarkets a run for their money!
The week before last Gerri kindly did a price comparison of our standard share against what she could find on the supermarkets’ websites. We came out much, much cheaper, with the supermarket equivalent working out costing nearly half as much again! I think that some people are under the impression that obtaining their weekly vegetables via Farnham Local food is less cost effective than the supermarkets. Thank you Gerri for dispelling this myth.Continue Reading "This weeks share – 16th July 2016"
Yes, Jim the Polytunnel has moved to winter residence and is now back to it’s original location on the field. Here’s a short video of how we do it. We have to make sure that any crops in between where we are moving the tunnel from and where we are moving it to are no more than a foot high, otherwise they’ll get pushed over by the horizontal bracing and tow-bar. So this season we have a bed full of spinach, mooli and turnips that…Continue Reading “Moving Jim, our splendidly mobile polytunnel”
We have been having great fun working with a team of volunteers from the National Citizen Service (NCS). They have been learning about what we do here in our fields, fundraising and coming up with some great ideas to promote eating healthily. Launching #SELFIEwithaveg. Thank you to them and the Surrey and Hants News for covering our search for new land to be able to continue this fantastic project on their front page this week.
We have our very own toilet facilities at Runfold!
equals “Betty’s Temple Garden”.
Continue Reading "The Compost Loo has Landed"
October is the month when Summer produce starts to give way to more Autumnal fare. The bean and pea plants have given of their best, and are close to being consigned to the compost heap. Probably the definitive October crop is pumpkin, with its associations with Halloween.
To celebrate the pumpkin and squash crop, we held a harvesting party at our Dippenhall site on Sunday 5th October. Over 30 people turned up to pick a variety for squashes, and to enjoy the Autumn air. Unlike the previous day, when the brave harvesters were soaked through, it was a gloriously sunny day.
There was work to be done, of course. As well as picking pumpkins, the volunteers planted garlic, spread manure, tended a bonfire, and even found time to scavenge a few fallen walnuts. The reward was a plate of jacket potatoes and delicious vegetarian chilli. That was followed by a selection of cakes and biscuits, many baked by FLF members.
Continue Reading "Successful Squash Harvest party"
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This Saturday 26th, 10am to 4pm Come when you can RSVP if you can but not essential Come and enjoy getting your hands dirty at our Spring Planting Day, including erection of the new polytunnel. Learn to sow seeds; help to plant out Spring Onions and Calabrese; put up the strings for the Climbing French Beans; erect the Runner Bean Wigwams and help us with a spot of therapeutic weeding.
Thank you to Farnham Town Council for the whopping £500 cheque given to us this year. We have spent it well on new tools and equipment, some of them seen here with a group of our volunteers as the Mayor presented us with the cheque.
There has been talk of rain interrupting this glorious sunshine that we and all our vegetables have been enjoying. Please don’t let that put you off volunteering to work in the field as we have a lively selection of w e l l i e s waiting to be filled. Tuesday and Thursday are our regular all year volunteer days and Wednesday evenings during the summer. Just drop us an e-mail or leave a message on Facebook or our phone number to check which site…Continue Reading “W e l l y Wet”
The official Winter season volunteering start date is Tuesday 15th January (and Thursday.)
However, after spying Sarah K busily weeding at Runfold yesterday I would like to let you all know that if the call of the veg patch beckons then please feel welcome to go along to either site if the feeling takes you; any time is fine. There is always weeding, strolling about dreaming, huddling around the fire in the yurt to be done.
Huge thanks to Keith Mitchell, master chimney sweep and proprietor of nearby Seale company Brush Strokes (01252 783456) for giving us not just with a wood-burning stove but also supplying and fitting a chimney for it. We have warmth in the yurt at last. Will we ever get the volunteers out onto the field on a cold, damp Tuesday or Thursday? Watch this space. Please be aware that both the stove and the chimney pipe get very hot when the stove is on. If anyone…Continue Reading “Warmth for the Yurt!”