February 2017 News From The Farm

At the end of 2016 we said a fond farewell to our Farm Manager Jim Cross who has retired after 32 years with us. We all wish him a very happy retirement.

We welcome our new Farm Manager Rob Sturrock to the team. He has mighty shoes to fill but is already finding his feet and settling in well. Introducing new ideas and practices to improve production and sustainability on the Farm.

Winter pruning of the fruit continues, the mild Winter has not resulted in any new growth on the fruit crops yet. A new support clip for the raspberries is being used this year. We will also be planting some new early strawberries on the table tops, these will give us an early start to picking. We should have some earlier rhubarb this year as we are trialing some new cloches over the crowns of the plant.

We have sufficient potatoes and onions in-store to last us until late Spring.

Cauliflowers are growing well and there should be plenty available in the next month or so.

Most of the vegetable seeds for this year have now been ordered including some new varieties. We have ordered Marfona, Picasso and Mozart seed potatoes.

A lot of the wildlife seem to be keeping out of the way, probably keeping cosy and warm awaiting the first signs of Spring.