Tamarisk Farm Blog
A why, wherefore, and howto of an Organic family farm on the Jurassic Coast
A series of newsletters, recipes, and other such things
We write monthly for the magazine Bridport Times. To see this article as originally published, view the pages on Issue.
There’s an old saying that “the best manure is the farmer’s boot”, meaning that careful and frequent observation of your fields and crops is the key to farming. Every day, come rain or shine, we visit our grazing animals spread around the farm to see them all and make sure they are well. We observe how many are relaxing and chewing the cud, whether they look well-fed and contented or whether they are noisily complaining to us that the grass looks greener Continue reading “Ruminations on Grazing (Bridport Times, June 2018)”
Join us for the chance to learn about Biochar: the latest and oldest soil-improvement you’ve never heard of. We’ll show you how to easily make this special kind of charcoal, and what it can do for your garden.
Advantages of Biochar:
- Less watering
- Less disease
- Suitable for all soil types
- Up to 30% better yields
- Long lasting, never needs reapplying
- Locks climate-damaging CO2 in the ground
From the middle of the 13th century the wool trade was the primary source of wealth in England. It generated the capital to build the magnificent stone churches in Somerset and formed the basis for international trade and in due course to the development of the British empire and colonies. With the recent resurgence of interest in natural fibres and in the crafts of knitting, crochet and felting this is a lovely opportunity to find out about wool and reconnect with our history.
With 5 different traditional breeds of sheep (Dorset Down, Shetland, Hebridean, Jacob and Herdwick) we now sell balls of organic wool in many natural colours and 4 thicknesses, as well as the excellent lamb and mutton. We will meet the sheep in the fields,
We have been milling and selling our organic stone-ground flour to home bakers for about 20 years now – come and see how it is grown and prepared and share ideas for using it. Flour will also be available to buy from the shop.
The walk will last between 2 and 3 hours, and will include a cup of tea to finish. Children will be welcome; it will not be arranged specially for them but they will have plenty of space and their questions, like yours, will always be addressed. Dogs may come if calm and on a lead, but this walk is less suitable for them. As always we will try to accommodate anyone with
Once again, we would like to invite you to our Open Day. Visit us on the farm, discover what we offer and ask us any questions you have. Drop in for 10 minutes or 2 hours: join us just for a cup of tea and a chat or stay for a full farm walk and lunch.
- There will be tours around the farm to see animals, crops and wildflowers
- Adam will demonstrate the milling of our flour with bread samples to taste and recipes to discuss.
- Ellen will be showing off the luxuriant sheepskins and our range of Continue reading “Open Day – Sunday 26th August”