The week’s veg share box

This week's veg share box

This week’s veg share box

In the veg share boxes this week…

- 1 Harlequin squash

- 5 Cobs sweetcorn

- 1 “Morton’s Mix” lettuce

- 1 Courgette

- 300g Baby beetroot

1 Florence fennel

- 350g tomatoes

- 150g green beans (runners or French)

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Annual Farm Tour 2014

We were delighted to welcome a lovely group of visitors to The Oak Tree last Saturday  who came to find out how we work as a community to produce good food while having a positive effect on the environment.

Admiring The Oak Tree Pigs

Admiring The Oak Tree Pigs

Our visitors were genuinely interested in what we are up to, indeed many of them signed up to become members of our community supported agriculture scheme on the day: welcome to you all! If you missed the visit, and are interested in becoming a member of The Oak Tree Community Supported Agriculture Scheme you can find out more, including full instructions on how to join, here.

Our plans for the Forest Garden!

Our plans for the Forest Garden!

Many thanks to Kirsty, Tom and other CSA members who mucked in to make our visitors welcome with hot drinks and home made cookies straight from our wood fired clay oven!

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Veg share box week beginning 15th September 2014

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- 4 sweetcorn cobs

- 3 courgettes

- 600g tomatoes

- small cucumber

- 1kg beans (mostly runners, some French, bagged separately)

- 750g potatoes

- 300g beetroot

- 150g Swiss chard

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CSA Network UK AGM at The Welsh CSA Gathering

We thought you might like to see some photos of the Welsh CSA Gathering where the CSA Network UK AGM took place last weekend. It was a lovely event, very interesting, friendly and productive. Thank you to everyone who put so much time and effort into making it such a success, particularly our hosts at Flintshare CSA!

Wonderful Flintshare veg

Wonderful Flintshare veg

They know their onions at Flintshare!

They know their onions at Flintshare!

Our lovely hostess, Nikki Giles of Flintshare CSA

Our lovely hostess, Nikki Giles of Flintshare CSA

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Serious talk…

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… and serious fun too!

 

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Joanne shares her expertise in context sensitive signage from The Oak Tree with Sandy of Flintshare ;)

 

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Harvest Party at the Oak Tree

Thank you to everyone who joined The Oak Tree Harvest Party last night and made it such a great event!

Dave with food from the Oak Tree

Dave with food from the Oak Tree

 

Dave's barbecue made from a metal drum

Dave’s & Dave’s barbecue made from a metal drum. A great success!

 

Oak Tree sausages

Oak Tree Sausages

 

it was Kate's birthday

Happy Birthday Kate!

 

gathered around the fire

gathered around the fire

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Eric and Rose: A floral wedding!

Eric and Rose, two founder members of The Oak Tree Farm Community Supported Agriculture Scheme (indeed Eric is now Joanne’s fellow full time grower and manager at the farm) got married a couple of weeks ago.

The happy couple got to know each other initially in the early days of the CSA planting leeks at the farm, hence our home made wedding card to the happy couple:

The Farm's card for the happy couple.

The Farm’s card to the happy couple.

Here they are, just after the ceremony, with an arrangement of farm flowers along with Rose’s farm posy.

The Happy Couple, complete with farm flowers.

The Happy Couple, complete with farm flowers.

Making it official

Making it official

Joanne, proud winner of the “Flower Arrangement in an Egg Cup” competition at her primary school, and granddaughter of an prizewinning amateur flower arranger (but with absolutely no other qualifications in floristry!) did the flower arrangements for the day, with much thanks and credit to the lovely CSA members who stepped in to help picking the flowers on the day when everything got a bit rushed!

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Update on Forrest and Gump, The Oak Tree Calves

We thought you might like to see how our lovely calves are getting on.

Here they were mid August – they have grown even more since then!

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Portraits of our pigs!

CSA member Filipa Fisher is a talented illustrator who has been spending some time painting farm animals recently. She has kindly allowed me to share these lovely pictures of our Gloucester Old Spot pigs – aren’t they beautiful!?

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Pigs love comfrey!

Comfrey is an amazing plant – its deep roots draw up minerals from the subsoil which can be used to provides nutrients for vegetables – we do it the easy way and just use it as a mulch. It was tradtionally known as “knitbone” thanks to its remarkable healing properties. And it makes a nutritious food for chickens and pigs – after initial doubts our pigs have learnt to love it! Zero food miles for our pigs :)

The Oak Tree pigs ejoying a comfrey breakfast!

The Oak Tree pigs ejoying a comfrey breakfast!

 

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New Oak Tree Chicks

Pictures of the latest Oak Tree Chicks! A delightful mixed selection of our home bred dual purpose meat and egg chickens (because we don’t want to kill day old boy chicks as usually happens for commercial egg production).

Thank you to CSA members Lara and Derek for raising them! They will be moving to the farm this Saturday :)

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