Gardening for health and well-being – and for healthy co-farmer shared lunches!
We have two gardens with raised beds where we grow vegetables to harvest for our shared lunches with co-farmers – usually salads in summer and soup in winter, but when co-farmers and volunteers are really inspired, you’d be amazed at the feasts that emerge from our tiny kitchen!
Each garden has a poly tunnel so that we can work undercover in bad weather and grow things all year round.
We are lucky to have a new orchard established and managed in the last few years with help from our friends at Beckley Community Orchard, and an old orchard. With equipment bought from funds raised by the Beckley team, we use the fruit to make juice for our autumn Apple Day, which is an annual celebration for co-farmers, their families and friends. Over the past year, we’ve been able to sell surplus vegetables to our fantastic friends at Cultivate, for sale around Oxford from their veg van, and at farmers’ markets!
Soft fruit is a great thing to grow, and we are planning to expand the types of fruit we grow so that we can enjoy fruit ice cream on hot summer days and fruit preserves in the winter.
In early 2017 we were fortunate enough to receive 2 days’ training from Norah Kennedy, who taught us how to make beautiful willow structures. We’re now in a position where we can sell a limited amount of these willow items: you can find out more information here.