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Highland Stoneware pottery


2 large mugs
9 small decorated mugs
2 cruets
2 cream jugs
6 side plates
4 10inch plates
2 large decorated plates
1 large casseroles

  • Decorated cruet (£15) FOR SALE £10

Balm of Gilead tree

Balsam of Gilead / Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera)) slips will also be available in the late winter..  please get in touch to order. 
This is a wonderful fast growing, really leafy tree.
The scent as the buds break mean you really need to have this somewhere you walk by, but also the leaves are gorgeous as they waft in the wind from a distance.
It propagates from suckers, and is wonderfully prolific for tree hay, mulching, chipping, light firewood etc.
Crop from Balsam Poplar 
– leaves and branches for tree hay 
– pollinator / bee tree
– poles 
– light firewood
– make more plants 
– breaking buds for infusion 
– highly aromatic 

It is also renowned for healing properties, especially in the buds, which are harvested just before they open up. 

The buds as they begin to break are reputedly highly potent when infused in oil and made into an ointment. They are wonderfully aromatic, and as they break the bees are highly attracted. 

Balm of Gilead Ointment is known for being:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Astringent
  • Helps detoxify
  • Helps heal coughs

Arable food growing : Lentils, wheat, rice, corn

There is a growing noise about how bad meat production is, and how we should all be vegan / vegetarian.
Yet it is easy to see how wrong this is – and how [[[regenerative agriculture]]] supports our soil biosphere, as well as being carbon sequestering, and building our food ecosystems.
Grains / Pulses etc are also increasingly associated with our serious dis-ease through our society : obesity, diabetes, ME, ADD, MS, Fibromyalgia, Lupus etc..
Our arable soils are now so grossly depleted that they will not grow without massive inputs, but these do not add the essential micro-nutrient into our foods, and our bodies craving the missing nutrition means we now eat more and more .. with consequent health issues that ensure.
Why Grains production is so damaging is easy to see when you take a look at a few agronomy links .. here is just one :-
Mainstream Lentil production require
– land to be treated with weed and insect killers pre sowing
– land to be ploughed several times – destroying the soil biosphere.
– fertilizers, lime and other agro chemicals used before sowing
to be grown in rotation with other grains
– seed chemically treated before sowing
– herbicides,insecticides, fungicides through growing.
– irrigation through growing and cleaning
– All these processes along with harvesting, threshing, drying are all fossil fuel greedy
– then there is the packaging, shipping, repackaging, processing

Trees / Fruit / Herbs – local orders

If you are interested in getting some young trees, fruit or herbs taking advantage of much lower than retail prices please get in touch. We are putting in an order to several of our wholesale companies for our own planting and growing, and would be happy to combine orders for all our benefits. Prices will depend on numbers, but will be a lot less than retail.
We are not starting up the plant centre again, these will not be potted on, will need to be collected as they arrived, but we are happy to share the benefit of working together, combining our getting discounts from buying in numbers.
Trees from root-trainers : subject to availability when order placed – Prices will vary but most will be less than £2 per sapling. 

American Red Oak
Bay Willow
Bird Cherry
Black Walnut
Common Alder
Common Crab Apple
Common Osier
Creeping Willow
Dark leaved willow
Downy Willow
Dwarf birch
English Oak (native)
English Oak (selected)
Evergreen Oak
Goat Willow
Green Alder
Grey Alder
Horse Chestnut
Italian Alder
Red Alder
Sessile Oak (selected)
Sessile Oak (native)
White Willow
Wild Cherry
Wild Pear
Wild Service Tree
Atlas Cedar
Blue Spruce
Caucasian Fir
Common Juniper
European Larch
Fraser Fir
Hybrid Larch
Japanese Cedar
Lawson Cypress
Lodgepole Pine (ALP Qual)
Macedonian Pine
N. Spruce (Xmas Tree)
Noble Fir
Norway Spruce
Pacific Silver Fir
Serbian Spruce
Silver Fir
Western Hemlock
Berberis darwinii
Berberis gagnepainii
Cherry Plum
Common Broom
Common Heather
Cotoneaster franchettii
Cotoneaster lacteus
Oregon Grape
Purging Buckthorn
Sea Buckthorn
Snowy Mespilus
Wild Privet
Wintergreen Barberry

POSTPONED – free Remin rockdust talk in Benderloch :

remin scotland rockdust mineral soil conditioner
The Secrets of REMIN volcanic rock dust – Jennifer Brodie

Many thanks for your interest in the Rockdust talk, unfortunately we are having to postpone this to later in the year. 
Our apologies, and we look forward to welcoming Jennifer to Benderloch in the future.

Scotland’s ancient volcanic rock, 360 millions year old ancient, can it really benefit our soils, our plants, our environment, our health and our climate?   Come along and hear how many of these secrets Jennifer has managed to uncover both by using it herself and marketing and selling it around the world.   As well as giving the background and sharing many of the results she has witnessed, Jennifer will provide a good run down on how to make the best use of REMIN volcanic rock dust during 2019 and beyond

Victory Hall, Benderloch :  7 pm
Jennifer is taking a diversion on her way home to give us this talk. 
THIS TALK IS FREE, and open to all.
Please fill in the form below to book your place (or email / phone 01631 720223) so we know numbers, thank you. 

This is a free talk, open to all, we just need to know approximate numbers, thank you.
We will only hold your information to be able to notify you of future talks / workshops on permaculture, soils, crafting, crofting. We will never pass anything to others.

Workshops and courses at Kintaline 2019

What courses, workshops and talks would you like to learn at Kintaline in 2019?
We are working on organising the following topics included in the form below .. if you have any other ideas, please shout, if we cannot host them we might well be able to find someone who can and pass on the suggestions to them.

If you would like to arrange a walk around the farm to learn how we have got here, what we are doing and why, please just ask. 

please get in touch to be added to our mailing list 

We will give you advanced notice of the workshops, courses and talks organised in 2019
Please indicate which of these courses, talks, workshops you are interested in. This is not a formal booking but will allow us to understand which people are most interested in. We can then get in touch when events have been organised for you.


Reuseable Beeswax Food wraps

Loving these new Zero-Waste Beeswax Food Wraps, such fun to make, and great way to reduce our plastic use.
Unique designs using recycled fabrics, so some designs will be one offs, and limited supplies of each.
Looking forward to adding new designs as I explore different sources.
If you have 100% cotton fabric that complements your kitchen colours that you would like to be made into wraps, or buy any of these sets, please get in touch.

2 Beeswax wraps in 100% cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, tea tree oil. 24.5x27cm and 30x26cm each one lovingly hand made from recycled fabrics.

Zero waste alternative to cling wrap, a clean way to Wrap food; make pouches; cover dishes
Unique designs using Recycled fabrics
100% cotton, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Tea Tree oil
Hand Made In Benderloch
LOVE YOUR WRAP : Ecofriendly food storage solution

2 Beeswax wraps in 100% cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, tea tree oil. 25.5x20cm and 25.5x27cm each one lovingly hand made from recycled fabrics.

The warmth of your hand will mould it to shape,
And the cold of the fridge makes it more solid
Perfect for snacks, lunches, bowls, covering food
Wash with cold water
Not suitable for machine washing or microwave
Not for use with raw meat.
Lasts for months then fully compostable : Large cloth that you can cut into the sizes you need
Any beeswax aroma and residue will dissipate with use.
Refresh by warming in a oven on a metal tray for a few minutes

2 Beeswax wraps in 100% cotton, beeswax, coconut oil, tea tree oil. 24x29cm and 25.5x27cm each one lovingly hand made from recycled fabrics.

Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket
Cutting your wrap into the sections you need, to cover bowls, mugs, wrap cheese, fruit, make a pocket


Chipping is more than just Mulch

Spent the morning chipping elderberry & alder brash on to young hedgerow planting .. good for them, but so much more :-
– pruning the elder has regenerated it so it will crop better in the coming years, giving us elderflowers and elderberries to make yummy things of and valuable for pollinators and wild birds. 
– our sheep browsed on the brash in the summer raising their nutrition. 
– the larger parts are great kindling
– some will be poles
– the chippings will protect the saplings from competition
– they will also boost the mychorrhizal activity in the soil
– they will directly feed the soil
– kept me warm 
So many benefits from a simple job .. and giving thanks for being able to do this as I recover from Fibromyalgia, being outside regenerating our small patch of land is a big part of that recovery. 
(into Oban in the afternoon with Food Hub sales.. and a good raid around charity shops . .. and a Score of a couple of Jacob Sheep teatowels & some beekeeper journals for homework .. fancy that !)

chipping, mulching, hedgerow, living larders