We are now in the winter doldrums but
work doesn't stop on the farm. It has been so wet lately
with the wettest November and December ever. To this end we
are keeping the cows and our male lambs in the barn to
prevent ground erosion. We now have heating in the main
building so there is no need to shiver whilst the children
The autumn is now well upon us and it
seems like a good time to reflect on the past year. Since
October 2011 we have built a wonderful farm and made many
new friends in the community. The main building is filled
with the sound of laughter and play daily while our merry
band of volunteers work hard to keep it all going. We had a
good summer despite the weather and the Olympics and are
financially stable. We accept adults with learning
difficulties on work placement and have several regular
clients helping us each week. We have reduced our animal
numbers for the winter to conserve the grazing and to reduce
feed costs. Our commercial sheep flock and Portland ram
lambs have moved onto alternate grazing elsewhere.
We had our annual Halloween event
on Saturday and it was fabulous. We would like to say a
great big thank you to all involved. Let's make it bigger
and better next year.
Well what a blast the Easter egg hunt was.
We had over 600 visitors and made many new friends. The whole
weekend was manic with very little time to stop and chat with
visitors. We would like to say a very big thank you to the small
army of helpers and volunteers, especially the Weymouth Volunteer
Bureau who worked tirelessly doing the BBQ and face painting.
We are well into lambing now, our
commercial sheep have lambed and the goats have had their kids. The
Portland flock started lambing on Monday and all is going well. Our
Facebook friends have clubbed together to buy us a webcam so friends
can see the action live online. We had our first caesarean section
on lambcam this morning with people watching online. If you
would like to view lambcam please join our Facebook group to see how
to view it.
The whole site is finished and ready to
open on 1st April. The new barn is built and we are just about to
start lambing in the next week or so. The flower beds have been
planted by pupils from Royal Manor School and the area to the rear
of the bungalow has been cleared for a future bunny area. We have
eight pigs going off next week so get your pork orders in now. We
now offer light refreshments and hot and cold drinks in our indoor
The former USAF building is almost finished
with a new kitchen, classroom, function room, workshop and IT suite.
Work will begin soon on constructing the new barn ready for lambing
in April. The old, rusty barbed wire fencing is being replaced with
safer and more aesthetically pleasing plain wire. We have new
miniature piglets and are expecting Bonny and Clive the Kune Kune
pigs to produce a litter around the start of May.
We are now fully licensed animal transporters, please contact us
with your enquiries.
We are now refurbishing the former USAF
building for it to become our main centre of operations. This
building will provide classrooms, kitchen, shower/toilet, IT suite,
workshop, office, function room and coffee shop. The building is
sound and we have electricity and water, the kitchen will be
installed next week and about half of the rooms have now been
painted. This compound is about an acre of very rough grass and
scrub and is another big job to tackle.
The verges on the road into the site have
been cleared today and work on the gate house is continuing in
8th August 2011 - We
would like to say a special thank you to all of our helpers who have
made this project possible by helping with the move and the day to
day running of the farm. We couldn't do it without you all.
We moved to our new site at
Portland Rotor during June 2011 and are now settled in. The site was
derelict when we moved in and we are busy tidying up and making it
ready for visitors.
Click here to see pictures of the
site before we moved in. So far we have tidied the site and
buildings, installed fencing and water for the animals, installed a
toilet and hand washing facilities and made the site safe for
visitors and animals. We have replaced the broken windows in the
buildings and created a staff room. The sheep were sheared last week
and are looking good. The commercial lambs and sheep have learned to
run up to the fence and call to passers-by for handfuls of grass,
they are so tame it is crazy.
This week we are installing more
paddocks for the animals, which is great fun as there is only a thin
layer of top soil on top of the rock. We still have a very long
way to go before we can open full time to the public but we will get