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


Welcome to my blog... I'm completely new to this and don't spend a lot of time behind the computer so bare with me! I'm learning how to use this as we go. 😂



First things first, I shall introduce myself. I'm Grace, the fourth generation of the family business alongside my brother. Some of you will know me from the shop, some from the farm, or quite simply Robin's daughter and Rosemary's granddaughter as you will more than likely know them more than me. I switch between working in the shop and on the farm and if you don't find there I'm more than likely with my horses.


I tend to be put to the test in each part of the business when they are at their busiest and need extra help to pull the weight. However, I can't pull that much physically... you'll understand if you've seen my height.😂 I join the farm alongside my dad and brother for the Summer months to help with harvest and sowing next years crops.


So if you see a young female driving a tractor around the local area it is more than likely me. I then join the shop team for the Winter months to help with the Christmas rush and prepare all your orders. You will find me fetching orders on pick up days.

So, at the moment I'm busy helping on the farm. We are roughly half way through our harvest. Despite there still being some crops left in the ground we are already planning and preparing land for next years crops which makes it a very busy time of year. The yields aren't as good as we'd like ; this mainly due to the extremely wet Autumn mother nature handed us. I sound like a typical farmer here, always moaning about the weather.😳


The purpose of my blog is to try and give you an insight to my life within the roles I play in the business and to what it is like being a young farmer. I'd also like to try and educate people more about farming so I will try and explain as much as I can without making it feel like your at school! Please feel free to ask any questions and I will be more than happy to answer them if I can. Any feedback or requests will also be accepted.

So that's that, my first blog post. This is just an introduction to me and the blog. The next one will be more interesting to you I hope! I plan to give you an introduction and update on what's happened on the farm and what I have been up to.


Until then, hoping you all stay safe!

Grace