Tomnah’a Market Garden Spring Newsletter 2016
Firstly a Big Thank You to everyone who came to our events last March. We were overwhelmed by the turn out and the encouragement from everyone who came along and has made all the hard work well worth it knowing there is so much support out there.
A second big thank you to new volunteers who have been coming out rain or shine to help us in the garden, it gives us a huge boost knowing people are keen to come and join us and believe in what we are doing. It won’t be long until we can thank you properly with boxes of tasty fruit and veg!
Everything has been moving very fast since then as spring usually does. As you will of seen our polytunnels have been skinned and everything is shooting up in there now, we have quite a huge job of watering now as we await an irrigation system.
Other great news is that we were very lucky to be awarded £50,000 from the Scottish Government to put in the main infrastructure. This is a huge relief knowing what we are able to manage and will pay for the deer fencing surrounding the field, an irrigation system, a tool/ packing shed in the centre of the field, electricity connection and a hard standing track leading to the shed.
Our third big event was the arrival of our young hens who are settling in nice and chirpily. They live in the red shed which will eventually move to the young woodland on the west of the field. You will see their mix of brown and speckled delicious fresh eggs in the Croft Shop in the next few weeks.
Other goings on:
We have come to the decision to not go ahead with delivering veg boxes this year. We are behind with a few of our crops due to the delay with the polytunnel and we still have lots of infrastructure and setting up to do, taking us away from the growing side of things. We felt the pressure of delivering 20 boxes this year would be a bit too much to take on. However, we will be starting ‘Harvest Days’ once and possibly twice a week. We will invite people to come help harvest and/ or make up a box of fruit and veg to take and pay what they feel it is worth. This will give us a better idea of what is popular and make the veg boxes even better for next year. We also hope it will be a chance for people to help out if they like or come and buy some produce at the end of the day. Watch this space for more information.
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Thank you for reading,
The Tomnah’a Team- James, Cristy, Sam and Judith