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I am Stoat

and I have a taste for chicken. Unlucky tonight, presumably a hefty zap to the snout offends… Stoats and weasels are native predators to Britain, and stoats in particular have a bad attitude when it comes to chicken, so we’ve … Continue reading

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Annual CSA Member’s meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined our annual CSA members’ meeting last Monday 8th July, and in particular to Jon H for facilitating – meetings are always more fun with Jon! We talked about the past year (including the dreadful weather … Continue reading

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CSA Social at the Fat Cat

As always, our montly Fat Cat pub social last Tuesday was a laid back and fun affair! It was a trip down memory lane for Mike who sampled faggots made by Joanne and Lesley – it’s been over three decades … Continue reading

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More gosling sights and sounds

The goose heart starts beating before it hatches, as I found out listening to an egg with a contact microphone [audio:http://www.the-oak-tree.co.uk/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/130515_gooseheart-in-shell_LS100967.mp3|titles=gooseheart] So far we have 14 baby goslings, and two eggs from the final batch (from our own breeding geese) … Continue reading

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Incubating the goose eggs and raising humidity for them

Unlike chickens, geese are waterfowl, and the shell on goose eggs is very thick. People recommend a higher humidity towards the time of hatching for goose eggs, so we needed a way to know what the humidity actually was. I … Continue reading

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The sound and sight of our beautiful new goslings!

We have new baby goslings (still at my home for now, but they will come up to the farm in a couple of weeks or so…)   Richard kindly did this sound recording of them – don’t they sound sweet?! … Continue reading

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Soil temperature at the farm – what a polytunnel does for us

Soil temperature is important because seeds need it to be above a certain temperature to germinate. I’ve been tracking the soil temperature in and out of the polytunnel Once again the air temperature overreads in the day – what’s needed … Continue reading

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Raising Polytunnel 3 at The First Working Party of Spring!

Today’s first working party of the spring included  lots of seed sowing, hoeing and raising our third Polytunnel, masterminded by Chris with his band of able volunteers!

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CSA Social at the Fat Cat pub

A great turnout at the first Oak Tree CSA social evening of 2013! There was plenty of good cheer, and some fine pizza, bread, cheese, pate etc to share for those who chose to eat, others just enjoyed a drink. … Continue reading

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Welcome to the farm, Tom!

I wanted to share the moment when Tom received his card and “wet weather clothes” fund from CSA members last night! Welcome to the farm Tom! Tom will be working on the farm from the beginning of January Until Friday … Continue reading

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