Logo: Loxley Valley Community Farm

New volunteers and a great winter salad harvest

20 Mar 2022

Over lockdown we had a lot of people ask to join the farm and we weren’t able to run a proper induction process so we started a waiting list for the first time. When we were able to get people involved again mid 2021 we found this was a slow process so for our workday in March we invited everyone on the waiting list to join us for the day to see if membership is for them.

The workday started as usual with a cuppa and a chat through the jobs list.

The job list. We started underlining the jobs that needed to be done that day and realised it was most of them!

The job list. We started underlining the jobs that needed to be done that day and realised it was most of them!

After a tour of the farm and a chat about the project the new volunteers joined the rest of the farm team to either clean out the chickens or do a mega weed of the outdoor veg area that had become a little neglected over the winter and cover it with a layer of compost.

Many hands might light work – we actually got this jobs ticked off

Many hands might light work – we actually got this jobs ticked off

After lunch Harry then demo-ed how to clip chickens wings and dust them for mites and we introduced our new chickens to the rest of the flock.

Sadly the flock are still under cover due to avian flu restrictions but we hope these will be relaxed soon.

Sadly the flock are still under cover due to avian flu restrictions but we hope these will be relaxed soon.

The weather was very warm and the bees were flying – hopefully they are back inside and tucked up again since the snow has returned this week!

The weather was very warm and the bees were flying – hopefully they are back inside and tucked up again since the snow has returned this week!

We also had a great harvest of winter salads, beetroot, kale and purple sprouting brocolli.

We also had a great harvest of winter salads, beetroot, kale and purple sprouting brocolli.

Volunteers existing and new enjoying a well earned tea break

Volunteers existing and new enjoying a well earned tea break

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