Ferm Y Felin
Our farm sits on a two acre site with a productive garden, two big polytunnels and a herb garden.
Every Tuesday we host volunteer days where different members of the community come by and help out in the garden where we provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make friends.
We're always looking for extra helpers so please get in touch!
Freshly Harvested Summer VegBox Scheme and Veg Stall 2020
In response to a growing community need, with the purpose to increase access to fresh, local, healthy food, over the summer we started a very popular VegBox Scheme and Veg stall on site.
Is our veg Organic? We support the principles of the Soil Association's Organic Certification scheme and use them as a basis for our growing techniques. We do not use chemical inputs and seek to work with nature, not against it to achieve sustainable levels of production. However, we do not hold certified Organic status, with the decision that the costs involved are too high for the farm at this time. We operate a transparency policy, welcoming customers to the farm to learn about our growing techniques.
Two methods we practice in our garden are No-Dig and Biodynamics
Why No-Dig? No-dig involves only ever feeding the soil from above, with minimum disturbance to all the life of the soil. Therefore not disturbing all the little micro-organisms or destroying the soil structure, often described as an 'internet system of busy bees'. The idea is that we're building more and more biology in the soil, keeping it rich and fertile. An added bonus is that it's a lot less labour intensive - meaning we get a lot more time to look after our veg, making sure we get a full productive crop!
Why Biodynamics? Biodynamic gardening is rooted in organic principles but seeks to enliven plants by drawing on the cosmos (planting by the moon is one part of it, but then there are other planets and their influences too). It is about increasing the potential of a plant through enhanced compost and special preparations. Plants are harvested or sown at optimum times within the planting calendar. Biodynamics encourages a 'mindful' holistic approach to gardening, enriching both the garden and our gardeners. It invites the gardener on a journey of discovery, values intuition as well as science, and fosters a special sense of wellbeing. This approach strongly resonates with the projects ethos.
What's in store for the garden in 2021?
We will be expanding our VegBox Scheme, operating over a longer growing season (Beginning of June - End of November) and for more customers. Orders will be placed online or over the phone and collected on site. If you live locally and this is of interest to you, please get in touch today. We will also be opening a Farm shop on site where we will be selling freshly harvested in-season fruit and vegetables.
Keep an eye out on our website and socials for any updates.