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Fresh Mutton from the End of February

We are sending some of our Jacob boys away to Mull in a months time, where they will hang for at least 10 days before being expertly butchered and coming home around the end of February.

They were all born here, and raised with us for the last 30 months. 

There will be some joints, but also lots of chops and the best of all is the mince. It makes fantastic pasta sauces, the best shepherds pies and yummiest chilli. The diced mutton lifts stews to new heights, perfect for our winter weather and makes amazing pies. 

We will be freezing plenty so there will be supplies in coming months too. 

If you are interested in pre – ordering to get it fresh as it arrives please get in touch. 

Tree Planting Parties

Tree Planting Parties :

  • TOMORROW!! (yeah, I know its no notice at all but there are good reasons!!) and the weather looks FAB !
  • 29th December
  • FIRST !! of January ..

We have several lovely small copse areas to plant, great soils, with a range of native tree species, as well as some food trees for US and fodder shrubs for our sheep.
There is also some bulbs and planting for the insects and make the areas even more beautiful in the future.
Thanks to the The Woodland Trust we have some great young trees waiting to go in and all the protective covers for them all.
PLEASE let me know if you want to come so I know about food .. or you will go hungry and we do not want that !!
We have some tools but if you have a spade / gloves that would be really useful.

Goofy turkeys

Turkeys are not only tasty,  they are very friendly, tame, and nosy !!

they also like their tummy tickled.
These boys and girls are for sale : either for Christmas or as pets.

Light Sussex pullets

We have just a few Light Sussex pullets and one Cockerel left this season. 

Here are their grown up siblings .. very handsome birds, and the girls are still laying. Some were broody this summer so you would be able to raise your own. They are a good size, meaty and productive. 

 

Hurricane / Storm Ophelia coming our way

It is disconcerting to a household that used to be Merchant Navy to see a full blown hurricane processing north from the Azores, up by Portugal towards us.
It will “only” be a storm by the time it hits us tomorrow but the changes in direction are a significant concern..

 

 

The biggest wind previously recorded in Ireland .. 1839
https://www.facebook.com/turtle.bunbury/posts/10215460730738264

The Night of the Big Wind was the most devastating storm ever recorded in Irish history. Known in As Gaeilge as ‘Oiche na Gaoithe Moire’, the hurricane of 6th and 7th January 1839 made more people homeless in a single night than all the sorry decades of eviction that followed it.

Ardchattan Parish Archive Open Day Friday 6th October

As part of the Scottish first annual Heritage Awareness Day the Ardchattan Parish Archive will be open all day from 10.30 am here at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch.
Come along to see what is in the archive : maps, books, records, images ..
Share your family tree, learn some more family connections, find out about the places locally.
Bring images and records to be scanned, donations of these are very welcome to learn from and share.

Workshops and courses at Kintaline 2018

What courses, workshops and lessons would you like to learn at Kintaline in 2018?

What Workshops would you be interested in through 2018?

Tick those you want most and we will do our best to make them happen

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Soils, Compost and Lasagna bed workshop September 9-10 2017

Ludwig Appeltans, Earth Ways, will be leading a permaculture weekend workshop at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch
September 9 – 10 2017

Topic for this course is : Soils, Compost and making Lasagna beds (sheet mulching)

  • Learning about growing food inevitably starts with building soil.
  • Come and learn how to create a soil abundant in life with a rich variety of nutrients.
  • Help your plants to be healthy and nutrient dense.
  • Discover how a good soil helps your plants to be disease and pest resistant and how a good soil helps to prevent unwanted weeds.
  • The workshop includes a hands-on session on building a lasagna bed: From lawn to veg bed in no-time.  workshop will be in a polytunnel to protect us from the weather.

Please get in touch for further details

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