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!

Hello Spring!

Oh what a beautiful spring day! High cloud gave way to warm hazy sun this afternoon casting a gorgeous light across the land. Here’a few snaps from Kestle Farm from late afternoon, 21st March.

 

Star Field

Here’s a view across Kestle Farm looking north towards St Austell and the Clay  works. It was taken a day before the full moon so there’s a lot of light on the fields and in the sky, although not enough to bleach out the stars. It was fairly freezing out in the field, but very beautiful. All you could hear was the gentle ‘popping’ of watery mud across the field, there’s been a lot of rain recently!

Late Summer Sun

A glorious evening at Kestle Farm, grazing sheep illuminated by the soft late summer sunshine.

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.

 

 

Farm Tours

There’ll be free farm tours running from Lobbs Farm Shop on the 16th, 23rd & 30th August (all tuesdays if you were wondering). Not much notice for today’s tour I’m afraid! But get yourself along to the next couple for an interesting ride around the farm where you can meet the animals & learn how the farm works. Given the lovely scenery it’s also a nice opportunity to take in the beautiful trees and landscapes. Please book in advance on 01726 844411.

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!

 

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