Wednesday 23rd November 2011
So it has been over two years since I last wrote on the news section of the website! Time flies when you are working on a farm!
We have been very busy re-focussing our energies on growing only crops we can do a first class job of, ones that suit our soil, climate and expertise; namely onions, carrots and parsnips.
We even invested in a new farm building for the first time in 20 years, putting up a new onion store this year. Although not the Taj Mahal it is beautiful to me and will help us to produce the best quality onions and remain competitive, and keep our energy footprint down. Think James Bond control centre but for onions.
Another exciting development on the farm is our first venture into rural tourism. We have built the first “Bagthorpe Biodome”, a luxury low-carbon eco-pod in the heart of our farm. Peaceful and relaxing it is ideal for a recharging break. To find our more check out www.canopyandstars.co.uk
Monday 18th March 2013
The late sting in the tale of this winter has meant that the farm is at a near stand-still. Usually we are flat out drilling onions, weed-burning frantically before early carrots come through, drilling spring cereals, planting potatoes and working down sugar beet land. Not this year. Patience is needed although if we get too far into April it decidedly risky to plant onion. They need to hit a certain growth stage by the longest day in order to finish in time for harvest. Surely we are due a long hot dry spell. Starting the end of March. Please.