Nine of us enjoyed a morning workshop at the farm last weekend, making festive door wreaths all from 100% natural materials .
Maike, who ran the workshop, gave us all a straw base and brought along beautiful dried flowers and berries from her garden, along with various types of greenery.
Much chatter and laughter ensued as we wrestled with straw, wire and decorative bunches, but we all felt very chuffed with the end results and couldn't wait to get them tied to our front doors.
Definitely looking forward to repeating this next year !
Come and visit us at local Farmers Markets
Organic Veg, Beef and Lamb; Woolly Crafts;
Sheepskins; Knitted Items
Stock your freezer up for Christmas and buy beautiful
and unusual Christmas presents.
Meet Spencer, our Farm Director and other members of the team and find out why Lauriston Farm is so special.
Friday December 3 - Colchester
0930-1300 Outside the Mercury Theatre
Saturday December 4 - Danbury
0930-1230 In the Sports & Social Centre
Saturday December 18 - Wivenhoe
0930-1300 Congregational Church, High Street
Come and explore the farm and find out more about our activities with a guided walk by our Farm Director, Spencer.
Visit our gardens and polytunnel, bursting with biodynamic vegetables; walk down the lane to the saltmarsh and seawall where you will see our rare breed cattle and sheep; have refreshments in our craft workshop.
Walks can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities.
You can book individual places on the dates below, or book a group visit on other dates by request (minimum group size 6, maximum 10).
Sep 4th (10-12); 11th (2-4); 18th (10-12)
Oct 2nd (10-12); 9th (10-12), 16th (10-12)
Walks are free, donations very welcome.
To book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Livestock Farmer in Biodynamic Social Farming Setting
Lauriston Farm Limited is seeking a Livestock Farmer to undertake the agricultural aspects of the Society’s work in Goldhanger, Essex. The ideal candidate will have experience with biodynamics and have a passion for this method, be comfortable in a community owned setting and have a keen interest in conservation as the farm is situated in an internationally important wetland site (RAMSAR). It is home to rare birds and insects with 95% pf the 210 acres designated as Site of Special Scientific Interest. There are currently six employees (three land based) and around ten volunteers at Lauriston and every day there are people with learning disabilities working alongside the staff and volunteers. The role will have an educational aspect through Supported Internships with college leavers with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The current farmer (Farm Director) is able to give guidance to the new farmer and we are open to training the biodynamic aspects if needed. The position is full time (40 hours) mainly Mon-Fri but with some weekend/evening work on regular basis and comes with on-site accommodation and the Society pays the National Living Wage to residential employees.
1. Day to day management of herd of Shetland Cattle, one bull with six cows and a herd of approx. 35 animals in total.
2. Day to day management of flock of North Ronaldsay sheep – 3 rams, 150 females, 50 lambs per year.
3. Day to day management of flock of lay hens (90 birds).
4. Working with Farm Director to ensure compliance with Countryside Stewardship agreement and Basic Payment Scheme.
5. Organising and transporting animals to slaughter.
6. Making, stirring and applying biodynamic preparations to fields and compost.
7. General farm maintenance – fencing, gates, water troughs, sea wall tiles.
8. Liaising with local contractors for hay, straw, fencing, mucking out and compost moving.
9. Compost making from animal manures.
10. Assisting with machinery work in horticulture garden.
11. Working with Supported Interns and college students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
12. Advising on work for Day Placement attendees with learning disabilities.
12. Assisting with educational farm walks.
13. Machinery maintenance and workshop development.
14. Record keeping and associated paperwork for above.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday July 25th. Please send a letter of application and CV to the farm Director, Spencer Christy email@example.com where you can also direct any questions.
With the nights drawing in and the temperatures dropping, it's time to turn our attention inwards and embrace a little hygge at our sock knitting workshop in November. The workshop is very kindly being run by Maike Windhorst, a farm member, and ties in with #Wovember, November's month long celebration of wool.
Using our beautiful Aran yarn from our Ronaldsay flock, learn how to knit socks in our hands-on friendly workshop and begin your journey making your own clothes from natural products. All yarn and equipment will be provided, along with worksheets. Basic knitting skills are useful, but not essential. For those who don't feel confident enough to join in, simply come along and watch. Friends and family are very welcome.
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There's no stopping Team Lauriston, as we join The High Street Market at St Mary's in Billericay. We're here every second Saturday of the month between 10am and 4pm. It's an indoor market so is ideal for the colder months ahead. The next one will be on 9th November. Pop down, say hello and stock up with our freshly picked vegetable produce and delicious pasture-fed lamb and beef. We look forward to seeing you there.
We are very excited to announce that Susan Raven will be at the farm running a weekend workshop at the end of September. The workshop, Communicating and Co-creating with the World of Nature Spirits and Elementals, is Level 1 in this series. More details and booking information below and here.
Lauriston Farm steps into the media spotlight yet again when Ben Eagle visited the farm. Ben is a farmer, environmental and agricultural writer, as well as a podcaster and award-winning blogger. He came to interview Spencer for his podcast Meet the Farmers, which aims to highlight the realities of running a farm in the UK. You can listen to the full interview here.
Something of an exciting new venture for us, there will now be a pop-up farm shop in the barn every Friday between 11am and 2.30pm. The first is this Friday, 24th May. You'll be able to buy our seasonal vegetables along with our amazing slow-grown, pasture-fed beef and lamb and, of course, our delicious eggs. For our lovely customers, we even provide hot drinks too. The kettle's on, so what are you waiting for? We look forward to seeing you.