Working Party Day 2 April 2011 – Community Supported Agriculture

Tom Ingall from Canalside Community Food came to share his knowledge with us. The Canalside Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) scheme is in its fifth year, and Tom is a mine of useful information on how to run a successful vegetable CSA. Many thanks to The Making Local Food Work project coordinated by the Plunkett Foundation for making Tom’s visit possible.

Tom from Canalside checking out the Wheel Hoe

Dan Wheals the Medical herbalist from Herbaculture identified the herbs in the Herb Garden for us after the labels had bleached in the light. Dan used to work for the wonderful People’s Community Garden in Ipswich, and he is a wealth of knowledge on all things herbal, horticultural and permacultural. Dan has kindly agreed to become “guardian of the herb garden” at The Oak Tree, we’re delighted to have him both as a member of the vegetable CSA and involved elsewhere on the farm.

Dan with the Herb Garden

Tom checking out the scent of a herb

We have also erected most of the frame of the first polytunnel, and we’re planning to add the plastic skin in time for a crop of peppers, tomatoes and chillis.  We’ll have a total of three polytunnels in time, the frames bought second hand, with new skins. Two of these will be for April/May “Hungry Gap” crops, the third for summer crops.

Polytunnel frame

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