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Saturday, October 1, 2011

News from Norwich FarmShare - Workday 22 October

We’ve had another busy month, but I suppose that’s farming: the quiet time is always just round the corner.

Tierney, our assistant grower has stepped in to take up the reins (though as yet we’re not using draft animals) as Head Grower, she’ll be assisted day to day by Martin, Christophe and the rest of the part time crew and will have help once a week from experienced organic grower Michael Knights. It’s no small undertaking and Tierney will need as much support as possible from the FarmShare volunteers. And the volunteers turned out in force to help Tierney on her first work day on the 25th when beanpoles were cleared, weeds pulled up, mesh moved and the poly tunnel prepared for winter salads.

The vegetable shares have been fantastic this month and, as we slip from Summer into Autumn, tomatoes and salads are being replaced by squashes, cavolo nero and leeks. A bumper crop of potatoes – too many to store – means we’re planning a potato harvesting day for October where members can come and pick their own sack of spuds from the soil behind the harvester.

Our activities have attracted a bit of national media attention too and next week FarmShare volunteers and staff will be interviewed about the project for Radio 4's Farming Today – we’ll keep you posted!

The next work day will be on Monday 10th October, 10am to 3pm; we’ll be planting onions – not as sets but as plugs each with half a dozen tiny grass-like seedlings and Saturday 22nd October when we'll be digging for potatoes. Josiah Meldrum

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