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Mapping species

after too many years I have finally found something that allows me to map species I see here, recognises passing phone photos, and has a wonderful community of experts who help to identify what things are.

I am looking forward to adding to this resource day by day .. as it is July and good weather it is dominated by moths just now .. but will be so much else as well.

check out the species list here  – and if you are in the area and would like to join in with surveying, photographing, mapping any species from the micro to the macro you would be very very welcome

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?page=4&place_id=any&user_id=sailean&verifiable=any&view=species

Free range pork

Free range pork : fresh in today (31st March) : ALL SOLD – many thanks

Delighted to see our scrummy free range pork back from Mull today. All for sale, limited joints, lots of sausages, bacon back next week.
Fill your freezers .. <g>

Contact for collection /local delivery arrangements. Please share with friends and family.

These 2 were locally born and raised with us all winter helping to clear different areas of ground around the farm. Happy, healthy lovely girls made wonderful meat.
● Joints       ○ Sausages
● Chops      ○ Bacon
● Steaks      ● Ribs

Free range pork : April 2020

We will have scrumptious Free Range Pork – ALL SOLD .. thank you
Fresh IN TODAY – 31st March 2020 …WOW … a week later and we just have some sausages and a little bacon left .. THANK YOU SOO MUCH EVERYONE ..
Locally born weaners raised with us on free range with a deep straw bed and lots of cuddles until their short last journey to the lovely people at Mull Slaughterhouse.

● Joints
● Chops
● Steaks
○ Sausages
○ Bacon
● Ribs

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.

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.