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Nature works – but does your work nurture nature?

A new video and article series by Jez Rose explores how nature works to improve workplaces.

Surprisingly little has been written about the impact of nature on workplace wellbeing, behaviour and business performance culture, and as a result very little is known about it in almost all of the industries I work in as a speaker and workshop facilitator.

A few years ago I began an independent research study entitled The Good Life Project, along with colleagues from psychology and neuroscience, to evidence the impact of nature on human health, wellbeing and behaviour. The results were so dramatic that they were often simply unbelievable. We checked and we double checked to make sure data was being interpreted correctly and we analysed with the severest skepticism existing studies.

Despite the data available, almost all organisations I work with are either unaware of the positive benefits, or simply don’t understand it. I’m about to change all of that with

Unique Teambuilding Experiences at Jez’s Farm


For over 15 years Jez’s work in the corporate sector has been bringing company individuals together, and now here at Jez’s farm, we’ve launched an exciting range of corporate team building experiences.

Escape the office to the beautiful surroundings of rural Lincolnshire and the world’s first carbon neutral honey farm for engaging and inspirational half or full days of collaboration, problem solving and wellbeing.

Workshops on the Farm in 2020!

A range of exciting workshops and experience days have launched for 2020 at Jez’s farm

It’s a real hive of activity here as the team come together to improve the space ready for our workshops and gift experiences days in 2020.

We’ve installed a brick ramp up to the barn; completely redesigned the fruit, vegetable, jewel and cottage gardens; planted up an outdoor teaching area underneath the cherry tree with willow and a native hedgerow border; installed a new 23 foot

Presentation Skills Masterclass Launches As Ultimate Guide to Speaking and Presenting

I’ve been asked for as long as I can remember to offer people advice on speaking and presenting.

Very often clients will ask for help writing or structuring a speech they’ve been asked to deliver at a conference; or for tips on speaking confidently and professionally in front of peers or customers.

It’s always been difficult to find the time to help them, especially given the volume of enquiries my team receive. While my live presenting workshops here at the farm have proved extremely popular and are an ideal space for training a larger number at one time, I recognise that sometimes it’s difficult to take time out of work, and with clients literally around the world, geographically it can prove challenging trekking to the Lincolnshire countryside!… although I have had clients fly here from both Ireland and Brussels!

I started producing simple to use resources like this Top 12 Tips for Professional Presentations and from there I got a little bit carried away…

Beekeeping FAQs!

As we’re a small but very busy team, we often aren’t able to respond to general questions as quickly as we’d like to, so we sat down with Jez and put to him a list of the most commonly asked questions we receive – hopefully you’ll find what you were looking for here!

New video series! Organic Eats & Garden Treats

Kathy Slack and Jez Rose in their new online video series Organic Eats & Garden Treats

I don’t mind admitting that there’s been a bit of a crisis here at the farm and I found myself right at the centre of it.

There’s been a conundrum with my carrots; a shake-up with my shallots and if I’m honest I’ve been perturbed with my parsnips.

Despite my best organic growing efforts, almost

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Behind the Scenes of My 2 New Books – Becoming a “Children’s Author”

It feels quite strange writing this because I never set out to be a children’s author and neither do I consider myself one, however, as a result of writing two books for children, I’ve recently been referred to as just that. And it leaves me with a sense of the imposter syndrome!

To celebrate their launch I thought I’d offer an insight behind the scenes into the development of both books.

The Story Behind the Stories

Both Zooster McFlooster & the Very Big Sneeze and The Sock Thief were scribbled in the back of my notebook and written entirely for