Category Archives: permaculture

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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An almost perfect pig move!

We’ve got moving our pigs onto fresh ground every fortnight down to a fine art – almost! Moving the pigs regularly makes for healthy pigs and healthy soil. We’ve never needed to use antibiotics on our pigs as they are … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Soil Carbon Sequestration – Savory Conference

Thank you to Eric and CSA members who did the harvest and working party on Friday and Saturday last week so I could attend the Savory Conference in London. This was all about using farming to sequester carbon in the … Continue reading

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Eric joins the Oak Tree full time from April

I am delighted to announce that Eric Nelson will be joining the farm full time from 1st April. No April fool this news, and I would ask you to shake Eric by the hand and say “thank you” to him … Continue reading

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Permaculture Design Course with our friend Marina of The Apricot Centre

Marina O’Connell is a wonderful teacher, and local organic growing legend, not to mention a friend of The Oak Tree Farm. Many of our members have attended courses at The Apricot Centre and all raved about it! Book your place … Continue reading

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The Oxford Real Farming Conference ORFC January 2013 – Day 1

The Oxford Real Farming conference was set up about four years ago by two writers, Colin Tudge and Graham Harvey, as a sort of “protest” about, or at least an alternative to, The Oxford Farming Conference. The Oxford Farming Conference … Continue reading

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Look at all our chickens!

Our chickens’ pens, inspired by Polyface Farm, are moved every single day to give them fresh grass, fresh ground to scratch and somewhere new to poo. They have automatic drinkers (fed from a diesel fuel can – but it does … Continue reading

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Our friends at the Apricot Centre…

Our friends Marina and Mark at The Apricot Centre have been busy preparing a really interesting schedule of courses over the next few months… do go and take a look!  

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Community Supported Medicine

Dear Folks. I went to the Farm to see the herb patch and after the draught since easter. Very happy to see everything had survived except perhaps the milk thistle. The weather has gotten wet the last few days and … Continue reading

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