September/October News 2021

We were very thankful for the sunny September to ripen the squash and the greens, cabbages  and leeks were ready for the October rain so we’re thankful for that too. Shame it was too dry and now too wet to use the big potato harvester, but we can’t ask for too much, and some of the staff enjoy picking up spuds by hand!!

Farm Walk. We are happy to be able to host a farm walk again this year on Sunday October 24 at 2pm, although it will just be a walk without the usual refreshments and apple bobbing etc this year. Please meet at the bottom of our fields, accessed from Occupation Road, Wye. The nearest postcode is TN25 5EN (sagging.hillsides.voted on what3words). Occupation Road is off Olantigh Road, and is a rough road going past Wye School: there is limited parking along here and some parking on Olantigh Road as well as a car park in Wye. It’s a 15-20-minute walk from Wye train station to the fields. There is a very basic compost loo in one of the fields, but it is not very easily accessible. However, there are public toilets in Wye, near to the Co-op.

Solar Panels – We’ve finally had solar panels installed on the packing shed roof, just 8 for now and despite the mixed weather so far they’ve still generated more power than we’ve used. When all of the land and buildings we use are rented it’s harder to invest than if we owned but the price of solar panels now compared to when we looked into it some years ago made it an easier decision, and a timely one given the current issues! We’ve bought our electricity from Ecotricity for a long time now and it’s good to be able to add something to renewable power generation ourselves. We’ll have to look into getting more though when we get an electric van.