A tale of pig slurry....
Pig slurry is a perfect fertiliser and whilst they are in their paddocks, the pigs do a good job of spreading it around.
However, when they are in our pig sties, the slurry has to be collected in a holding tank, removed from the tank when it’s full and then spread on a field needing fertilising.
As you can imagine, this is a difficult operation.
Coming to the rescue are the Salisbury Rotary Club and CPRE (Wiltshire) who have provided grants which have enabled us to buy a professional slurry tanker, which sucks up the slurry from the holding tank, hitches up to the tractor and then spreads the slurry to where it is needed.
The farm has a number of volunteer opportunities. Want to get involved?
Looking after and training our Donkeys
We are looking for volunteers to groom our donkeys and hoof pick their feet on a regular basis. We would also like to improve the donkeys' social skills and would want them to be haltered and walked and perhaps even ridden at some stage. Experience with donkeys and/or horses is essential.
We are looking for Farm Leaders with a few hours to spare a week to lead school parties (mainly primary schools) and community groups such as brownies and scouts around the farm. Visits are usually in the morning for around 2.5 hours and involve 3 or 4 farm leaders. Training will be given.
At the moment our shop sells our own free-range eggs and honey and stocks a range of local produce. On the cafe side we currently provide tea, coffee, snacks and lunches. We require volunteers able to cover one or two days or half days a week and occasional Saturday mornings. Shop staff should be cheerful, confident and numerate and able to work independently. We would prefer those with experience in retail. Hrs: 9am – 4.30pm or by arrangement.
Are you a builder or carpenter or other tradesperson with a bit of time to spare or retired and looking for something to do? The farm is always in need of people who can be called on to come and help with building projects and we would love your help!
For further details or to arrange a meeting please contact Jane Wilkinson on 01722 330667 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The farm recently received funding from the Landfill Communities Fund via Community First to build an engineering workshop for the benefit of the farm’s BTEC students and the local community. This build is well underway and will be finished by the end of the year. As a result of this project and the farm’s role as a BTEC centre and Alternative Provider of education to 15/16 year old young people from local schools, the farm was presented with an award for the Most Innovative New Community Run Project or Service 2014 at the Community First AGM on Wednesday 24 September.
Big Farm Day Out, arranged by Salisbury Churches, was a great day out for the hundreds of families who attended. The weather was kind, stalls and attractions by the various churches were kept busy. Live music, bouncy castles, face painting, book stall, family-based games and attractions, visits to the animals and tractor rides filled the time of those who attended. This was the second year that this event has been held with attendance almost twice that of last year.
See some pictures from the day here.
Clara, our Golden Guernsey goat, has given birth to two male kids.
Seen here at 12 hours old, mother and kids are doing well.
One of our Kune Kune sows, Pearl, has given birth to 10 piglets.
Visiting the Farm
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