Sunday, 30 October 2011

pigs for sale

Po Po
Lowenna
Ginger

Horus
Blue
That's them folks, all great grazers, really affectionate and a steal at 45 quid each!!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Back on track

Well after some nefarious non-entities hijacked my blog along with lots of others, I've managed to reclaim my Space!
So whats the news? well our lovely Kune Kune pig, "Ebony" has had a litter of 5 piglets. 3 black 2 orange, 3 boars and 2 girls..
This is "Po Po" despite a no name policy so as not to complicate their probable future, this one has sneaked in..

So they are all down at our house with their mother, running and fighting and starting to graze which is really great. We've just moved them to fresh pasture with George and little Dylan's help in the pouring rain, thanks guys!
Kune's tend to graze more than root, although they are quite happy to root when there is not a lot of grazing. (hopefully that puts that debate to rest ;-) ) There is a wide range of grasses and useful plants such as plantain and yarrow in their pasture which is good for their health. It also saves us money from buying more of the dreaded pig nuts!

Once they are a few weeks older they will go up to the land where the veg is and hopefully graze under the apple trees. We gather their manure every few days and pile it up to make compost, and try and rotate them onto fresh pasture every few weeks, we can already see how the grass quality is improving from their influence.


Very cute..

At typical morning pick at the moment. loads of beetroot, baby turnips and kilos of wild rocket for the restaurants..

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Pony Power

 So the last few weeks have been interspersed with learning how to work with our neighbour's Ponies, "Bunting" and "Maude". Thanks to local Horseman extraordinaire, Chris, we have now learned some of the basics in using these lovely ponies to work on the land.

Small scale horsework is making a comeback and these dartmoor ponies are very strong for their size, doing lots of tractor jobs like cultivating, moving things around etc.
Up until last Thursday we'd been training with the ponies at Chris's, but have now had a real taste of what real "Horsepower" is all about! 
 "Bunting" and "Maude" ready for work?
 Ridging Potatoes with  a willing bunting despite the heat and flies
 Pulling the sled full of stones

This is all part of the next stage in the evolution of the project in becoming a bit more sustainable and closer to ground level. We are not saying goodbye to the tractor just yet, but in terms of a pleasant four hours with the ponies compared to a noisy tractor it can't be beat.

Thanks to Louise for allowing us to use her ponies and Chris for all his time and patience, and of course Maude and Bunting for doing the work!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Back again

Just checked when my last post was, Jeekers! Been a while so better give some updates. So a very busy and dry Spring has led into what looks like a cold summer if the last few weeks are anything to go by.
With the arrival of Butch the boar we now have a trio of Kune Kune pigs, they are grass eaters so they don't need a lot of extra feeding.



So from these 3 mature pigs we get about 10-15kgs a day of nice manure, this is starting to build up into a nice big compost pile which will be used next spring as compost.

We are well into the season now with the boxes averaging around £6 worth

 This weeks box had artichokes, salad, strawberries, radishes coriander and a lollo rosso lettuce.


Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Ebony and barney

Well Springs here and things are looking brighter. Helping us along with that has been the arrival of ebony and barney our 2 kune kune pigs!



We got them to root up the ground, which they are doing a great job of, without going into huge holes like some other breeds will. Plan is to rear the offspring once Butch the boar comes along in may and just see how we go.
They are a lot of fun and really nice to have up on the land..

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Resurrection?

Well it's been a busy month, fixing up the tunnel with the help of lots of helping hands and generous pockets.
Thanks to everyone who contributed: Pez, Pip, Morwenna, tamsin, maurice and ethan!, jude, shirley, george, johnny, lesley, adam, lisa, piers, leo and arthur. Tim and Hilary, marina, lesley, traci, ciara and anyone else i've forgotten?
Thanks to lesley for organising the press release and to theresa, john, dee and ludgvan church for their generosity.
We should have enough to put a skin on at least one of the tunnels in the near future.
This was the morning everyone came

And that evening when everyone had worked so hard...

So we face the new year with some trepidation. We have no idea yet of who did this sneaky and cowardly act, and maybe it doesn't matter because of the huge support we received from people. I think it's going to be a good year, so roll on Spring.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Devastation


So I came to the field after bringing up a load of seaweed on Monday morning and found this:







No idea who or why, but not much else to do but try and repair it as best we can. Anyone who can make it with some needle and thread(i'm serious!) it's this sunday 11-2