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An important new book: Unlikely Heroes by Walter Lewis

When I first picked up my copy of Walter Lewis’s book “Unlikely Heroes” I got the impression of a coffee table book of photos, albeit a particularly beautiful and interesting one. But I was wrong, it is far more than … Continue reading

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Results of our members’ veg survey!

Here are the results of this year’s Oak Tree Farm members’ veg survey – which I use to help choose the crops we’ll grow this year! Just Click the link below…. veg-survey-results-jan-2017

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Winter Solstice thoughts 2016

The time leading up to the shortest day and longest night, the winter solstice (21st December this year) is a special time for me as it feels as if the world is slowing down, and there is a unique peace … Continue reading

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The Brewery Tap Oak Tree Special Dinner 24th November 2014

Happy memories from last Thursdays’ Oak Tree Special Dinner at The Brewery Tap ! Never have Oak Tree ingredients tasted so good!  It was, in all honesty, the best meal I have ever eaten, and I worked away from home, living … Continue reading

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Incredible. A draft menu from ingredients overnight!

Incredible. I only told Mike Keen of The Brewery Tap yesterday exactly what the veg we’d supply and he has already come up with a draft menu!!! Truly, the man is a food improvisation genius…. Drum roll please for the … Continue reading

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A visit to Landews Meadow Farm in Kent

It is always good to visit other farms to learn, as my hero Joel Salatin puts it, you can always learn something from a visit to another farm. Last week Richard and I visited the lovely Nigel and Wendy Griffith … Continue reading

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Great to welcome Ben back to the farm (for a day)

It was a real pleasure to welcome Ben, who worked on the farm last year, and who now runs Frith Farm, back on the farm for a day last week! He has made amazing progress with his own farm and … Continue reading

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Joanne’s easy slow cooked Stir Fry Mix

The Oak Tree Stir fry mix varies through the season. Of course, quick stir frying is a great way to cook the farm stir fry mixes, but this method of cooking works really well for the bags that contain lots … Continue reading

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The evolution of The Oak Tree Low Carbon Farm: three panoramic photos

Digging through my old photos, I found a couple of panoramic photos taken from the farm entrance in years gone by. I asked Richard very nicely if he would take an up-to-date one, and during a break in the weather … Continue reading

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Visit to Chagfood CSA in Devon

(or “what Joanne did on her holidays…”) I’m not very good at holidays. That’s to say I spend a lot of my time away thinking about, and planning the future of, The Oak Tree. Last week Richard and I headed … Continue reading

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