I apologise for not writing for so long. The last few weeks have been busy and a blur.

We finished harvest on 12th September which was later for us compared to some years. We managed a safe and fairly break down free harvest which is always helpful at such a busy time. It’s a shame the positivity can’t be said about the yields and standards of the crops but at least we have something in the shed.


No sooner the fields have been cleared of the crops with the combine we have been cultivating and prepping them ready for next years crops. Therefore, this means the long days aren‘t quite over yet as sowing begins.

The dry spell in the weather allowed us to finish harvest and make a good start on cultivations. Depending on what crop is going to be sown next determines what cultivations are completed on each field.



The fields started to become worryingly dry during September. We like to cultivate and plant the fields with a bit of moisture already there in the soil so they have a good start in growth.

Therefore, the recent rain has really helped the conditions and allowed us to sow rye, oats, some barley and some wheat. Ideally we’d like the rain to stop now for us to get the rest of the fields sown as we need it to be a happy medium in moisture to do so.


My time on the farm will soon be coming to an end and I will be venturing back into the shop to prepare for Christmas. It’s going to be a tough one this year with having to do everything so differently but fingers crossed we can all work together and pull through.

We thank you all for your support and patience throughout the difficult times and hope we can meet your Christmas needs for another year!





Well...I will sound like a typical farmer in this post talking about the weather but I can‘t quite believe it. It feels like we had our Summer back in March/April and now we have Winter.

We have managed to get some more crops cut since I last posted at difficulty in between rainy days. The fields we have left standing are now starting to go flat from the force of the rain and because they are becoming heavier. This means they are going to be hard to harvest and we will lose some of the crop.

The land is becoming too wet to even do any cultivations. If the weather carries on this way it can put all the processes behind and crops won’t be sown on time for next year. This means a knock on affect will occur from now through to this time next year.

On a positive note, I’ve had more time to ride my horses and spend time with them. They may not be able to speak but they listen and their actions show more love than any words could. They definitely provide a break for me and make my time with them enjoyable.

Farming is a very isolated job with the long hours and many jobs completed on your own. Even all the challenges that have to be faced such as the weather. It’s the most dangerous industry in the UK and I also believe it’s one of the most dangerous in terms of mental health. So having something to ease your mind and for a break like I have my horses is a massive help.

Fingers crossed the weather picks up for a few more days so we can get harvest in the bag.


I hope your all staying safe and enjoying being able to be out again safely. Don’t forget the farm shop and cafe are open 7 days a week. Pay us a visit, we‘d love to see you.


Grace


As I'm working on the farm in current times I thought I'd give you an overview of what sort of farm we are and an insight to what I've been up to!


The farm is mainly arable, we grow a range of cereals such as wheat, barley and oats as well as break crops including oiled seed rape, sugar beet and beans. This is the main area of the farm and where most time is spent from preparing seed beds to then sow the crops, treating them with fertilisers and chemicals to ensure they are kept healthy all year round to then harvesting them. Alongside this we also have a herd of beef cattle which many of you will know are home reared and produced into the shop.


However, it isn't all tractor work and looking after the cattle. There are always maintenance jobs and repairs to be done around the yards and on machinery. Urgent ones are completed when they are needed too but many of these jobs are more than likely completed in the Winter when field work is a little less quiet and more time can be spent on making sure these sort of jobs are done to a good and safe standard. You may see less farmers in the fields and on the roads in the Winter but they are still hard at work just more behind the doors of their workshop. More than likely a cuppa not far away! :)


Since the last time I wrote we have been unable to complete as much harvesting as we would like due to the thunderstorms and showers we have encountered. There have been some dry days in between but due to the amount of rain we have had the crops still aren't dry enough to harvest yet. This is concerning as the more times the crops get wet the poorer the quality can become and therefore the less money offered for them. As well as this the force of the rain in thunderstorms can knock crops onto the floor and they can be lost so the yield is less. Farmers really are in the hands of the weather...


A break in harvesting means we have been able to start some cultivations in preparation to sow next years crops. I have been ploughing with my brother which will then be knocked down ready to sow oats in October/November. The first application of nitrogen on the oilseed seed rape that was sown a few weeks ago has also been completed.

As well as being in the field I was also in the workshop at the beginning of the week preparing different cultivators ready for when the rest of harvest is complete and we will need them. Being small means I can get in the gaps in machinery to repair them that the boys on the farm can't! But before most of the cultivators can be used we need some more dry and warm days 🤞

Hopefully next time I post we have some more crops gathered safely in the sheds and the weather will be being kind to us!



Stay safe

Grace