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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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Evening Fence planning

Still recovering from Royal Highland Show adventure means the day of showers was spent on paperwork but a lovely evening, and the need for gentle exercise, inspired a bit of new field planning, and the layout of a new fence.  Was enthralled by a display from our personal Starling Murmuration Team.

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Smallholding Scotland is launched

Smallholding Scotland is Launched.
Established by smallholders, Smallholding Scotland is a unique, member-led organisation dedicated to representing, promoting and supporting smallholding across Scotland.
The Societies purpose is to promote and support the sustainable stewardship and the purposeful use of smallholdings.


The website is live at www.smallholding.scot and applications for membership are welcome.

There is a lot to do over the coming weeks, months and years to build the organisation into a strong body that supports and represents smallholders in Scotland but there is a vision and a will to do that – and with the active support of Scottish smallholders, we can achieve it.

The management committee is determined that the organisation will be member led; that it will be open and transparent in its working. News items will be added to the website regularly and you can sign up for the newsletter via the website.

There are still vacancies on the management committee. If you have time and energy to commit to growing Smallholding Scotland and smallholding in Scotland, please get in touch.