News from Tablehurst Community Farm

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As we write this article in March, spring has most definitely sprung on the farm. The daffodils are flowering, the bees are waking up, we have spring garlic available in the shop and we have a couple of newly born calves in our dairy herd (as well as plenty of new piglets). In terms of community involvement, our attention turns to our lambing days on Saturdays 9th and 16th April. We haven’t hosted these ever-popular events for a couple of years but they’re back this year and promise to offer something for all the family. The café garden will be open, local folk band Folkadelix will be playing, Robin’s Nest and Spring Rise will be running family crafts, Tablehurst Young Farmers will be offering guided walks of the farm and, of course, there should be some newly born lambs here as well! There’s no charge and no need to book. If you can’t make the events but would still like to visit the spring lambs, you’re very welcome to come to the farm at other times – you could even combine it with a visit to our café garden.

This month you hear from our Head Gardener, Stephen Mills, who reflects on birdsong, frogs and fresh vegetables:

“The first frosts at the end of last year seem a long way away from these March days but I am reminded of them whilst I harvest vegetables and listen to the incredible abundance of birdsong here at Tablehurst Farm. It may seem strange to link these yearly voices in my thoughts but they are indications of momentous times in the yearly calendar. As Autumn is falling to a close and Winter begins to settle in, the thought-life of everyone is growing and this inner knowledge is also coming to life in nature, the beginnings of which are indicated with these first frosts. So, while above the ground life grows dormant, in the depth beneath our feet, it crystallizes into pure thought; at least, this is how we try to picture and work with it in our biodynamic practice. These are the ideas we hold while we work and also when we make and use our biodynamic preparations. Now as Spring lifts and awakens above the ground, these ideas are also lifting upwards and coming to life in the world around us. We see the first leaves of bulbs followed by their flowering, buds open on trees, frogs hop beneath the spinach as we harvest it and, of course, saturating the air we hear a multitude of birdsong.

“Each day in the shop you’ll find freshly picked salad, lettuce heads, spinach, chard, leeks, coriander and tender garlic but the real gift is in the journey itself. I truly recommend walking here – breathing in the life awakening around us, strolling into the woods and fields, listening to the River Medway – just as our animals do, just as the plants and soil do, receiving all that goodness day and night. I can’t imagine a healthier shopping experience, or food to take home.”

As ever, if you have any feedback or would like to get involved in what’s going on here at Tablehurst then get in touch with Ket at aniket.patel@tablehurstfarm.org.uk. You can also find out more at www.tablehurstfarm.org.uk and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Upcoming events:

  • Sat 3rd Apr – pigment-making workshop
  • Sat 9th & 16th Apr – lambing days
  • Sun 24th Apr – Climate Café

To see our full programme of events, go to the community events section of our website

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