Lockdown part 2

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Coronavirus lockdown is with us once again. Except this time round, on St Martin's, it feels very different to the last one. In mid March the whole island was gearing up for the tourist season. No-one was sure what the future would look like. Businesses in turmoil, bookings cancelled or postponed, uncertainty and a fair amount of panic. What followed…

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Carbon negative fruit and veg

Calculating the carbon footprint of the business is something we've done every year for over 10 years. This means understanding all the carbon emissions from everything we do in the business, as well as all the carbon sequestered (absorbed) in plants and soils on the farm. Understanding what is happening in carbon terms on the farm enables us to make…

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Agricology podcast

I was really pleased to record a podcast for Agricology recently. In it you can hear me talk about my farm, what inspired me, how I use seaweed, and what transition I'm making towards further agroecological principles on the farm. I've been told it's a good listen...I hope you find it interesting.

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Summer heat

On the farm, July and August is a strange time. It's quite challenging in that there's a lot of visitors and therefore a lot of picking to do. Hot sunny afternoons make work almost impossible, which then means coming back later in the day and eating in to evenings. But it also means lots of people around to buy produce…

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Spring jobs

March is a busy month on the farm. With the increased light levels, longer days and milder temperatures, plants really start growing strongly this month. At the other end of the year it's late September when plants really start to slow down. Now hedge cutting is finished (birds should be starting to nest soon), it's all about getting plants started…

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Apprentice grower wanted

Please note the deadline for applications has now closed.   We are looking for an apprentice grower at our small organic market garden on the Isles of Scilly. Growing fruit and veg for local outlets, this is a great opportunity to learn more about commercial organic horticulture, alongside the head grower. Ideal candidates for this job will have had some…

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Winter on the farm

I'm often asked "what happens in the winter on the farm?". Partly it's delivered with curiousness, and partly with disbelief that there would be more than a morning's work a week to do! Well, dear reader I can assure you that there's plenty to keep me going in the winter and by this time of year I get a bit…

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