Nature & Me: Rebecca Marshall On The Childhood Impact Of Nature

In our new series, Nature & Me, we invite guest bloggers to share their experiences of how nature has made an impact on their lives. Today is the turn of Rebecca Marshall; travel blogger and bee farmer. Sitting in the garden, I began to reminisce. I was remembering a time as my four year old self –...
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Nature & Me: Saira Holbrook Talks Outdoors & Small People

In our new series, Nature & Me, we invite guest bloggers to share their experiences of how nature has made an impact on their lives. Today is the turn of Saira Holbroook, outdoor blogger and nature journalist. When I was asked to write a short piece on what nature does for me, I had so...
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5 Stars Awarded By #OrganicServedHere

We’re super excited to have been awarded 5 stars by the Soil Association #OrganicServedHere campaign, in recognition of our commitment to serve food made from organic ingredients. When you’re on one of our many rural skills workshops, you will be supporting top-quality, certified organic farmers, growers and suppliers. The ingredients they provide are produced to...
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Tales from the Farm – Roof Man

When we built the barn here at the farm, we knew that we wanted to include a wild flower roof. Not only do they look great but they are especially beneficial for wildlife (and the bees we keep, too). It all seemed relatively straight forward until during one of our weekly planning meetings someone raised...
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Tales from the Farm ‘Bees in the roof’

I love bees. That’s why we keep them here at the farm. Well, I say keep, but in reality we’re simply guardians of the bees, as they are wild animals and we simply provide housing benefit. However, I don’t love the fact that bees (not ours, I might add), have decided to take up residence...
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Going Organic! What Organic Means 4 Months On

It’s hard to believe that its been almost 4 months since the inspector from the Soil Association visited us to make his initial inspection and help guide us to achieving certified organic status. So much has happened in that time that it seems so much longer. I had to check the date twice and rummage in my...
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Tales from the Farm – Lessons Learned

It’s been 6 months since Mrs Jez and I moved into the farm and its also been a while since I last blogged with tales from the farm. That’s partly because every time it looks like we’re about to turn a corner and things are sorted and calming down, we face another major obstacle, or...
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How to Train a Chicken (the real secrets of leadership, management and team building)

Our new chickens, which we’ve named Chasseur, Casserole, Cajun and Stuart are bright, friendly and highly trainable. I’m talking distinguishing between different shapes, coming to you when called, playing the xylophone and even riding a skateboard; and perhaps more useful in your role at work, they can help you to create super switched on management...
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Tales from the Farm – Heartbroken

This last weekend was a little bitter-sweet on the farm. The weather was glorious for the start of Spring; almost like a Summer’s day. That meant a huge amount of progress outside in preparation for the bees arriving; there was a lot to finish in the jungle area and I was especially keen to get...
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Going Organic! – Soil and the Organic Leadership System (I made that up)

Our peas have broken through the soil, my garlic and shallots are sprouting strong and my potatoes (yes, the ones I planted upside down) are shooting! But something interesting happened while I was planting some more herbs up for our kitchen herb garden. I’d been chatting with my good friend and fellow soil-lover, Blaire Palmer,...
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