January pollinators

What do we have around for any bees out in the increasingly mild month of January?

So far it’s been really wet here on the west, but very little snow around us.

In between the showers there are likely to be winter insects, even bees, out and about.

What do we have flowering for them?

Mahonia, Gorse, Ivy, Periwinkle, Hellebores, Snowdrops

There is strong growth on the other early bulbs, and plans to take lots of cuttings so that the Mahonia can be spread into hedge rows across the farm. The flowers and berries are edible too.

Willows for sale

Winter 2019/2020 – thank you all for your custom this season – will take orders again for next winter.

We now have a variety of Willow (and Balsam poplar) pegs for sale which can be sent mail order or collected from the farm.
(and some well established in pots, also for local sales)

Basket willows : Construction willow : Native willows  (and Balm of Gilead, Balsam poplar, which is not a willow but can start in the same way and is highly vigorous)

Basket willows  :
40p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Varieties : Flanders Red : Brittany Green : Packing Twine : Tri Norfolk. Packing Twine . Dark Dick . (may have a couple of others spare)

Eugenii 35p : is vigorous but not as massive as the Chinese, it is better for small constructions like domes and tunnels as well as lower hedging and tree hay

“Construction” biomass, tree hay Chinese willow : Chinese (Salix miyabeana)
35p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)

Native / Species Willows

Grey Willow
30p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix hybrids
35p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Balm of Gilead / Balsam Poplar
40p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix udensis
50p per rod (for pick up or plus postage)
Salix Udensis is a lovely shrubby vigorous willow, with very early catkins (already opening in Jan in Argyll) so one of the best for early bees in mild spring days, its branching and covered in soft strappy leaves that our sheep love, cut and come again all year, so really good for a fenceline hedgerow where the stock can help themselves from one side, and we can make tree hay from the other.  It does not get very tall and thrives on being cut back.

  • Salix Udensis .. a branching vigorous shrubby willow with lots of fine leaves, one of the earliest to bud and provide vital food for the bees and other pollinators that are out in the mild winter weather.

Make Soil – Crowdsourcing the creation of new living soil

Soils are one of the most powerful carbon capture mechanisms .. and there are so many ways we want to learn to do more.

We have joined the Make Soil Compost Waste collection point network.. click on the logo to see our map entry 

MakeSoil is an online platform powering a global movement to make soil together on a planet-saving scale. Redefining composting as making soil, Soil Makers can easily and safely post their Soil Sites to our online map, and invite their neighbours and friends to contribute their food and yard scraps. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can use MakeSoil to find Soil Makers near them or start a Soil Site themselves. Together, we can reduce food waste, restore nutrients to our food, capture carbon in the ground, and beautify our neighborhoods.

Fleeces 2019

Fleeces for sale 2019

Jacob fleeces for sale .. in the raw, can be lightly scoured as extra. ..
all these fleeces can be posted out, cost depends on weight, and we only get to post office once a week ..
Manx wether fleece

1.2 kg – £12

 
     
Jacob 3/4 x Blue face leicester 1/4

2.6 kg  – £26

 
   
Pure Jacob fleece

1.6kg – £16

 
   
   

It’s not just woodland

We have several land management routes to support ourselves and our ecosystems into the future.
Creating Living Larders that can happen on a micro community level as well as on commercial agriculture / estate level will change our food ecosystems as well as creating massive carbon sequestration.
Repairing our soil biosphere : by many means including no dig gardening, forest gardens, regenerative agriculture and trees mixed is best.
Improving grasslands by regenerative livestock and no till agriculture that also gives us a lot of high quality low input protein, greens, etc as well as moving away from fossil fuel dependence for arable crops : chemicals, plastic, machinery, energy for drying, shipping, processing. As well as high dependence on water for irrigation.
Mixed woodland also gives us fruit, nuts, herbs, greens, vital mychorrizal activity that releases the as well as creating new micro habitats that allow more food species to be grown
The grasslands are the biggest carbon sink, the woodland the most long term stable.
We need all these, alongside the renewable energy, the reduction of plastic use and waste, and investment in innovation to find new solutions.. and each of us can do something to help right here, right now.

Alexander Technique lessons for 2019

Alexander Technique visits in 2019 (& Tellington TTouch Training) Benderloch

Erica and Judy are planning to visit us at Kintaline Farm, Benderloch on
May 31 to June 4 : July 12 – 16 : August 16 – 20 : and around Oct 11 – 15
We are soo fortunate to have the experience of different teachers, exploring the same basic technique from their unique perspectives.
Please let me know what lessons you would like to book .. places are limited for each visit.
If you are unable to come to any of our teachers this year, please also let me know you have received this email and to confirm you wish to remain on our list, (or not 🙂 it really helps to know – Thank you.
Erica Donnison has been a very popular teacher visiting us over the last 8 years and brings her unique skills in Alexander Technique, Tellington TTouch Training, Pose Running, and MBTI, to Argyll. Her enthusiasm, energy, and ever developing skills have inspired many of us. Can you benefit from her help in 2019? Erica works with both individuals and groups in all aspects of her work.
Pose running combined with the Alexander Technique helps runners re-find the way they used to run as children – free and fast!
Erica is particularly experienced in helping horse riders find a deeper seat and softer hands, and helps them work safely and calmly with their horses on the ground.
Her website is www.postureclinic.co.uk where you can learn more of her skills and experience.

About Judy Palmer, our new teacher last year.
After a career in nature conservation Judy has recently qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher, training at the Fellside Alexander School, Kendal. She received her own first lessons about 25 years ago, has had a long involvement with the technique and started teacher training in earnest from 2014. For herself, she has found particular benefits for frozen shoulder, computer use, gardening, cycling, horse riding, public presentations, and general living.

please feel free to ask any questions : Please contact Jill to Book your lessons :
email at@kintaline.co.uk or call 01631 720223 to book
Please pass this information on to any one
you think might be interested in lessons.
(it would be wonderful if you can forward it to your mailing list if you have a relevant one to share the love)
and we have posters for local community boards etc if you can help put one up please

Alexander Technique is such a powerful technique, yet so gentle. Over the last 10 years we and others in the local area have found benefits for

    • stress
    • back pain
    • fibromyalgia
    • ME
    • hypertension
    • musical performance
    • teaching performance
    • physical occupations
    • theatre performance
    • sports performance – especially running & riding
    • arthritis
    • post operative recovery
    • effective use

Tellington TTouch Training for Horses is a training method which focuses on the link between posture and emotion to help horses cope better with situations that concern them. TTouch Training is also useful to help horses recover from injury or to cope with periods of box rest. Attending a TTouch Training session with Erica Donnison will help you to
Notice your horse’s posture and understand what it means
Improve your horse’s balance, coordination and flexibility
Help your horse be more relaxed and focussed on his/her work
Increase your horse’s confidence in difficult situations by helping him/her to act rather than react
Improve the working relationship between you and your horse

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® was developed to help us understand more about how we function and interact with others. It demonstrates how we take in information and make decisions to show how differences between people in these areas can lead to misunderstandings and conflict. Focusing on the positive in everyone, it helps us realise that people we find difficult to get on with are simply operating slightly differently. This new understanding helps us to interact with people with deeper understanding, making relationships easier. One of the most useful aspects is the concept of introversion and extraversion being about where people get their energy from rather than the more common usage of the words as shy or out-going respectively.

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tree hay

2019 – we are beginning to harvest tree hay for our sheep ..
So far we are limited by capacity of humans and space with what we can collect – hopefully both these will improve as I recover from my fibromyalgia, and we get to create more shelter.
There is so much bounty around. This is free food, for the labour.
It is also highly beneficial food, and more is being learned about additional benefits all the time.
The advice is to cut, bundle and dry the tree branches in a dark place to keep the most nutrition (otherwise our polytunnels would be a great place to hang the bundles!)
We have found that bundles need to be retied as they shrink.
Tannins in tree browse is an anthelminth – helps to keep worms away, affecting the instar stages of worms in the gut
Certain species are high in mineral – willow and zinc for instance.
We have lot to learn as to what our sheep will eat, what is most pallatible
A few notes
* nettles – leaves are cropped early, then seeds for ourselvs, after this then cropped to dry for tree hay.
* willow – we have a variety of species, some cut to feed green, the goat willow that we have coppiced in previous years is much more lush than older trees. The Viminalis is lush and so productive.
* alder is highly beneficial in our tree systems as it is a powerful nitrogen fixer, but is likely to be less useful for tree hay as it is not meant to be so edible.
* elder – we have started to regenerate our old elder trees, cutting some back really hard and they have just burst forth with masses of material. Elder is not meant to be particularly pallitable but it is certainly productive, and they have eaten it before, lets see what the winter brings.
* ash – a great fodder plant, we have several trees we will need to coppice as they are too close to power lines, so these will be a great source of tree hay in the future. Whilst it is not possible to buy ash because of the die back, we have a number here with seedlings popping up to be rehomed each year.
* aspen – is a tree hay plant livestock are meant to enjoy, we have some, and planting more, it is also so beautiful quivering in the wind.
* poplar – we have some really good big poplar trees that have been recently pollarded, and will be adding more to the hedgerows as they are fast growing, succulent and enjoyed by the sheep.
* hawthorn – whilst you have to be careful of the thorns of any of these plants the sheep love them .. more and more getting added to fencelines as well as fed over the fence through the summer.
* oak – we now have a number of lovely maturing oak trees, as well as new ones in the plantations, so will get more branches over the years to add to the variety in the tree hay.
* hazel
* rowan – such a wonderful berry tree, but we have quite a bit growing so will be able to add some to the tree hay menu
* birch –
* beech –
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