Photos from the Farm – A muddy Autumn

Barley Seeds ready for planting

A photographic update from Kestle Farm, highlighting once again the terrible weather conditions that we’re facing, along with many other farmers across the UK, Europe and the US. We were hoping for a drier Autumn but it hasn’t happened and the deluge of rain has continued, making it tough for planting new crops. A hard year for everyone.

Fertilizer ready to go but we’re unable to plant anything due to poor conditions

and here’s the conditions we’re up against…Mud!! Not good for planting anything…

Richard Lobb out feeding the ewes. Lambing is due to start soon…

Cattle are currently being kept inside due to adverse conditions, the rain has been pretty relentless

Richard out in the jeep checking up on things under a very dark sky!

on the upside, the savoys growing out in the veg field are looking pretty good!

lovely colours in the veg field, sprouts, kale & savoys amongst others

the cold wet conditions have hit the swede crop hard, lots of poor specimins

Richard out checking up on things in the veg field. Usually a lovely view from here today it has disappeared in the drizzle

Beautiful french partridge have been reared on the farm

here’s Ian Lobb, leading a group of students out in the field. The weather’s never to bad for education!

Bags of Good

In February of this year we started charging 5p for a carrier bag in an effort to encourage people to bring their own bags to the shop. We do our best to reduce, re-use and recycle within the business and your support is much appreciated. However there is an upside to not bringing your own bag as the carrier bag fee since February has amounted to £800! This money has been distributed to local schools and several have written to us describing which projects have been supported. Recently Probus School have used our donation to buy apple trees for their new orchard. Mevagissey School is developing its new gardening club, Gorran school is using the donation to support their art week and Tywardreath School’s project is the refurbishment of the swimming pool. Other schools which have benefited are, St Mewan, Tregony, Charlestown, Grampound, Veryan & Grampound Road.

So, try to remember to bring your bag but if you don’t, don’t panic, you’re supporting a good cause!

 

Summer’s Evening

Just an excuse to post a picture from the farm, a beautiful hazy August evening. The quality of light this time of year is gorgeous, so expect a few more photos over the next couple of months! Keep walking into this view and you can see out over Mevagissey, across the sea to Fowey, a stunningly beautiful place indeed.

 

 

red sky at night

Words don’t very well describe last nights sunset over these skies, even a photo doesn’t quite do it justice but it’ll have to do!

I grow my own vegetables. I live 5 minutes away from the nearest supermarket. (via Y@smine in the World.Wide.Web)

Here’s an interesting blog post from WordPress Freshly Pressed. Strikes a chord with me and I expect many of you out there…
If you can’t grow your own, then support your local farmer!

I grow my own vegetables. I live 5 minutes away from the nearest supermarket. I grow my own vegetables.  I live 5 minutes away from the nearest supermarket. Two sentences that really don't belong together if you are a typical consumer in the big city. For many people the very idea of planting a seed in some soil and waiting for your dinner to grow seems ridiculous, especially when it is so much easier to just take it out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Why waste so much time, space and e … Read More

via Y@smine in the World.Wide.Web

Kingfisher Award

During one week in June, over 300 children from six local schools visited the farm. After their farm visit these young students then created work inspired  by their countryside visit. Shown here is just a few images from the amazing array of displays produced. Schools that took part were; Mount Charles, Charlestown, Gorran, Mevagissey, St. Stephens and Biscovey. Becca Lobb, helped out during the week and here’s her account of what went on…

“This year the farm seized the opportunity to host a project for local schools known as the Kingfisher Award. The project aims to teach children about local wildlife and to explore with them connections between farming and the environment. A number of different schools came over to the farm over the course of a week, some in glorious sunshine and others in some of our more typical summer weather; let’s just say wellies were a must! The children were introduced to a number of experts and rotated around different activities. They were taught about creatures found in our hedgerows, in our native trees and on our local farms, with Ian, Terry and Richard doing  a grand job of explaining everything you could need to know about our polled dorset horn sheep! There was mammal trapping, grass snake handling, wool spinning and all sorts for the children to enjoy. After the visit the children all went back to school with the task of creating a display on what they had learnt. A few weeks later in St. Ewe the displays were revealed. The work was fantastic;  titles such as ” Why farmers are superheroes” definitely went down well with the Lobb brothers! The children had obviously had a lot of fun creating their displays and everyone thoroughly enjoyed looking around, with a picnic outside in the sunshine whilst listening to the Roseland School samba band finishing off the evening perfectly! A lovely project for everyone involved.”

above: check out the badger under the table!

 

lucky with the light

Beautiful rays of low sun lit up these tiny purple sprouting broccoli and cauliflower plants one evening last week at Higher Kestle Farm.

above: Here you can see a swathe of field left to grow to encourage bird & insect life. Read more here.

above: Looking across from Higher Kestle to Lobbs Farm Shop (just below the pyramid shape on the horizon!)

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