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Workdays


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We have a monthly workday at the farm where you can come and join in the fun, get some fresh air and exercise and possibly learn something too. We provide lunch to everyone that does some work.

Workdays are on the first Sunday of the month (apart from January), dates for 2017 and an idea of the tasks we may be tackling are listed below.

Please let us know if you would like to join us so we know how much soup and cake to make. Arrive any time after 10am, but if you'd like lunch we ask you to arrive by 11am. We will work until around 4pm, but you can stay as long as you'd like, we're grateful for any help you can offer. In the winter or if there's bad weather we will finish earlier.

 


Sunday 5th February

 

We will be harvesting willow ad pruning apple trees today so bring loppers and secateurs if you have them. Then afterwards we will be having our annual wassail to scare away the evil spirits in the orchard and encourage an abundant crop. Working from 10am to around 4pm then time to make an appropriate head dress for the wassail around 6pm. If you'd like to come please get in touch and we'll give you more information about the day.


Sunday 5th March

 

Could be pruning, mulching, tidying, chopping today, come along and see.


Sunday 2nd April

 

We will be getting ready for the growing season today, preparing the raised beds, sowing seeds, planting out. Possibly working in the forest garden too - come along and join in.


Sunday 6th May

 

Come and help us get the Forest Garden ready for the Open Gardens next month (3rd & 4th of June). A bit of tidying, scrubbing, clearing. And lots of chats. And lunch of course. 10am to 4pm ish, bring gloves if you have them.


Sunday 4th June

 

It's the Open Gardens this weekend so we won't be having a 'normal' workday. You're still welcome to come and help - chatting to the visitors about the Forest Garden and other things we do at the farm, or helping on the preserves stall. Bring some friends along and give them a guided tour and have a look round the formal gardens of Old Sleningford Hall - a big contrast to our Forest Garden. Please note... we won't be providing lunch today so bring a picnic - there's plenty of tea and cake to be had at the refreshments stall. Gardens open 12 noon to 4pm.


Sunday 2nd July

 

If the sun has shone we could be harvesting strawberries today! And the first of the gooseberries may need picking too. Whatever the weather there will be work to be done so come along and join us from 10am to 4pm approx. Good food and conversation also to be had.


Sunday 6th August

 

August workday is traditionally currant harvest day so come and join us to see how many kilo's we get this year (often about 60kg!). There'll probably be some to take home with you too. Soup and cake for lunch for all workers, see you then.


Sunday 3rd September

 

We'll have to wait and see what jobs need doing today, never fear - there's always a list of various jobs for people of all ages and abilities. Come along and join in the fun.


Sunday 1st October

 

Apple juicing day today. The apples will have been picked and are ready to be pulped and pressed. Bring a container or two to take some home with you.


Sunday 5th November

 

The growing season is nearly over and the garden needs sorting out for the winter. Come and help clear the raised beds and polytunnel, pick the last apples for storing and anything else that needs doing!


Sunday 3rd December

 

Today we may be pruning fruit bushes so there'll be propagating material available from all the currant and berry bushes.


 

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