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Jez's Notebook | October, 2019 Archive

2019 – what a year!

The bees are feeding on sugar fondant to help build up their food stores for the winter and maintain optimum health to fight disease that may be present.

While we’re only just into autumn here in England and there are still more than a couple of weeks left of 2019, the beekeeping year has come to an end. Suddenly activity on the farm shifts its focus from almost constant bee-related work, to broader maintenance, improvements and our other workshops (and my favourite time of the gardening calendar!).

When the temperature drops below 14 degrees and the colder, wetter weather sets in, we no longer inspect our bees so as to help them maintain the critical, consistent core brood temperature of 36 degrees celsius. Having me poking around in there doesn’t help them with that when it’s cold and wet outside!

But, my, what a year it’s been… and not by any means all positive. As the rest of the year for us is about repairing hives, cleaning equipment as part of our integrated disease management program and preparing for the Spring when it all starts again, I thought I’d do a wrap up of the year so far…

New Christmas Workshops and Dates for 2020!

A new range of exciting workshops on the farm start in November with Christmas Wreath Making!

Since we moved to the farm we’ve become well known for our beekeeping workshops and experience days, which have been hugely popular, but quite a large part of the work here has been in developing a bare one acre site into almost entirely pollinator-friendly planted gardens.

It’s been great fun, hard work, and at times incredibly muddy!

We’ve been busy installing new areas to the gardens, planting flower beds and developing plant schemes for all year round colour and interest, and because of that focus on the outside space, we’ve created a new and exciting range of workshops for all throughout the year.

The new workshops start next month in November with Christmas Wreath Making Workshops and Christmas Natural Present Topper Workshops – and then through 2020 include Designing Your Own Organic Edible Garden; Fire Pit Feast Cooking; Wild Flower Posey Arranging and Make Your Own Charcoal and Draw workshops, many with new guest tutors.

We hope to see you here at the farm soon; if you’ve been before, you won’t recognise it now – we’ve been so busy! You can meet the dogs and also Cat, our lovely new farm manager who is doing a fantastic job of keeping everything running.

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Exciting new workshops at the farm!

A new range of exciting workshops on the farm start in November with Christmas Wreath Making!

Since I moved to the farm I’ve run a few workshops for companies and obviously we’ve become well known in that time for running the beekeeping workshops and experience days, which have been hugely popular, but quite a large part of the work here has been in developing a bare one acre site into almost entirely pollinator-friendly planted gardens.

We’ve been busy installing new areas to the gardens, planting flower beds and developing plant schemes for all year round colour and interest, and because of that focus on the outside space, we’ve created a new and exciting range of workshops for all throughout the year.

Back in 2016 I began a research project to investigate the impact of nature on health, wellbeing and behaviour and our work here on the farm has only brought me closer to the incredible power that nature has, entirely naturally and scientifically evidenced, on human health and wellbeing.

The new workshops start next month in November with Christmas Wreath Making Workshops and Christmas Natural Present Topper Workshops – and then through 2020 include Designing Your Own Organic Edible Garden; Fire Pit Feast Cooking; Wild Flower Posey Arranging and Make Your Own Charcoal and Draw workshops, many with new guest tutors.

I hope to see you here at the farm soon; if you’ve been before, you won’t recognise it now – we’ve been so busy! You can meet the dogs and also Cat, our lovely new farm manager who is doing a fantastic job of keeping me in check and laughing at the correct moments at my terrible jokes. She’s great.

Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter if you haven’t already so you’re the first to hear when the new dates are released.