A Saturday morning farm tour. It was lovely to have a couple of families here for a tour- a young mum with her 18mth old daughter and her neighbour who is surrogate nanna, and a young couple with their nine month old son.What a pleasure to have such lovely people visit our farm. The children were delightful- full of wonder.There have been times in the past when families have visited and the children show no interest in the farm or the animals and can't wait to get back into the car where their electronic game awaits them.
The weather turned quite cool and so after the tour we lit the fire and spent the rest of the day curled up watching old movies, while I knitted. A bit of an indulgence really and very rare, but much deserved I tell myself!
And then an evening with the littlies and their parents around a bon fire ( I got to spend the evening cuddling with the baby)
Sunday morning - an early start with a composting workshop. One of the ladies from the tour yesterday was back for the workshop. This was actually her 4th workshop with us. She is well and truly hooked!
|We water as we go to make everything really moist, then generally we don't have to water it again.|
|You can see it getting higher. we have all our ingredients at hand and make the heap all in one go. We add the ingredients in layers alternating between a carbon layer and a nitrogen layer.|
Ingredients for our heaps are gathered from around the farm and include manures from all the animals i.e. horse, cow, duck, geese, chicken and guinea pig.There are always plenty of herbs and weeds to be had, and old hay. We also add rock minerals, dolomite, pot ash, crushed egg shells and at the end we add the Biodynamic preparations.The heap sits for 4months before it is ready to use.
And after a quick bite to eat for lunch we ducked over to our local LETS ( Local energy trading system - which is an alternative to the monetary system. You can read more about it here )meeting for a trading day.
|We bring along things to trade and set them out under the trees and on tables.|