Today we packed veg boxes for people living in Perth to kick off our first week of the veg box scheme. There will be further boxes leaving from pick up points at the farm, Blairgowrie and Birnam.
The boxes contain mixed salad, onions, kale, chard, pea shoots, rhubarb, strawberries, spinach and a basil plant. All fresh and grown without chemicals.
Today 50 laying hens arrived at Blackhaugh Community Farm. They will be looked after by Duncan, Roxanne and their son Roo, who you can see helping set up the houses below. The hens will be free range, kept out of the vegetables by electric fencing and can be moved around the farm with some nifty portable houses. They will be fed on organic feed and their eggs will be available for members of our veg box scheme and in our wee farm shop. If you would like to buy lots of eggs or pick up a regular box but are not part of the veg box scheme then please get in touch with Roxanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the last week we have been working hard on our soft fruit area and the fruit is starting to form so we're getting pretty excited! We have rhubarb which is available in our wee farm shop at the moment; Gooseberries and currents which we have just enclosed under a great big fruit net; strawberries which are bursting with fruit and should be ready in time for the veg boxes; and raspberries, which had a pretty hard time in the heat of last summer so have been reduced to a third of their original area but are now well weeded and mulched! We will take cuttings from the raspberries this year to increase the number of canes we have next year, and we are looking to take runners from the strawberries after they fruit.
This Sunday 9th June we are taking part in the monthly Blackhaugh Community Farm work day. If you would like to come along and take part in group activities which improve the farm then please get in touch. Volunteering is 10am-4pm and there is a shared lunch. Jobs this month include preparing an area for free range chickens which will be arriving soon and managing broadleaf trees which we planted over the last few year.