Just in time for Christmas, our latest batch of organic sheepskin rugs are now available to buy. They have been lovingly tanned by Nicki Port of Organic Sheepskins. The leather is soft, smooth and strong and the fleece itself thick and very tactile! Our North Ronaldsay sheep are certified with Demeter UK to ensure they comply with the biodynamic production standards and the skins come from the rams born last year (2016). For pictures and further details click here. They are selling fast with fifteen gone in the first week so don't delay if you like the look of one.
Now in its fourth cycle, Lauriston Farm's Seven Day Introduction to Biodynamics starts in January 2018 and runs for one day a month until June. The full course equips you with all the basics for beginning the biodynamic approach on your own plot - be it a window box or a smallholding.
Each day features theory in the morning and practical application in the afternoon with some artistic activities en route. We use the whole farm for the course and our team have a combined experience in biodynamics of almost eighty years.
This is a unique course and one that has allowed previous participants to go on to further their interest and understanding in biodynamics, find their own individual connection to the subject and start to practically apply the method.
There is further information on our website.
For all enquiries, please email email@example.com
Lauriston Farm Limited is a community supported agriculture initiative with one hundred and forty members of the Charitable Community Benefit Society. The farm land under their stewardship has been certified biodynamic with Demeter since 2010.
The Lauriston Social Farming Initiative calls out for votes to bag a share of bag fund
The Lauriston Social Farming Initiative is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores - being awarded to local community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.
Lauriston Social Farming Initiative is one of the groups on the shortlist.
The project will fund free social farming taster days for adults with a learning disability at Lauriston Farm in Goldhanger.
“We have been working extremely hard this year to develop a new social (CARE) farming facility for adults with a learning disability on the Blackwater Estuary. We are now ready to open our farm doors and invite indiviuals to enjoy a tatser day to see if they would like to attend the farm more regfularly and become a co-worker. The Tesco fund will help to fuind these taster days so plese ask for the green coin and drop it in our box!”
Farm Director, Spencer Christy,
Voting is open in the Maldon, Burnham and Danbury Tesco stores throughout November and December. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £36 million to nearly 8,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for November and December. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:
“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.
“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”
Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
Lauriston Farm are offering a seven day introductory course in biodynamic principles and practice starting on seven Saturdays from November 11th 2017 to April 14th 2018. Over the years, this course has enabled participants to start practicing biodynamics in the back garden, allotment, small holding and farm. You are taken on a gentle but thorough journey into this holistic form of agriculture with the training linking in to the season and the activities on the 210 acre Demeter certified biodynamic farm.
The course is run by the farm's staff - Spencer Christy (farmer and BDA Trustee), Andre Kleinjans (farmer and horticulturist) and Monique Kleinjans-Penning (horticulturist) - who have a combined experience of over eighty years working in biodynamics. There are also guest lecturers and involvement from the Seed Co-Operative.
Each day has theory in the morning and the practical application of it in the afternoon. No prior gardening or farming experience is necessary. Days run from 10am to 5pm with a bring and share lunch (refreshments are supplied by the farm) and the whole seven day course costs £350 with individual days costing £55 each.
Further details are available on our website and inquiries can be made by email - firstname.lastname@example.org - or telephone - 01621 788348. It is also possible to visit the farm and see what we do before you decide to join the course.
You have ten days left to become a member in Lauriston Farm's newly formed Charitable Community Benefit Society. Your membership and investment will help us to implement our five year business plan to set up Social farming for adults with learning difficulties. It will also increase output and diversity of our biodynamic produce and enable an expansion in our educational work.
We have 115 members so far and you will be part of a warm community and the first such farm business in Essex .
Click here for an application form.
What seems like an age ago now, back on February 28th, Lauriston Farm invited community ownership of its biodynamic farm business and new Social Farming Initiative. Now, two and a half lunar cycles later, we have been overwhelmed by the support that has been shown for this pioneering gesture. Today, one hundred and eleven individuals own this co-operative business and have collectively invested almost twenty seven and half thousand pounds in it.
Our business plan has always aimed for community investment of £35,000 and now there are just two weeks for you to become a member before our share offer closes.
If you choose to invest you will not only be a member of this pioneering project but will be helping to develop a brand new venue for adults with learning difficulties to work alongside our staff and learn rural skills such as weaving, gardening, livestock husbandry, cooking fresh produce and connecting with the wider local community through sales of the farms products.
All the information can be found at www.lauristonfarm.co.uk/shareoffer.
This year we have fifty one ewes to lamb and over the May Day bank holiday weekend some fifty lambs were born from about thirty five ewes bring our tally to date of sixty lambs from forty one ewes. We are only bottle feeding three - one pair of twins whose mum is very old and only has a little milk and another who is also a twin and at birth another ewe cleaned it so the real mum doesn't recognise it.
With sheep cycling over three weeks we are enjoying a few quiet days until the next surge which we are expecting on the weekend of May 20/21 - hopefully the last eleven ewes will be a easy as the others.
Lauriston Farm can announce that this afternoon they reached the funding milestone of receiving pledges for £20,000 worth of community shares in their Charitable Community Benefit Society.
This qualifies the team at Lauriston for maximum Just Growth Programme match funding which triples this amount.
All those involved at the farm give a huge "thank you" to each one of the seventy nine individuals now becoming members in the newly formed Society as well as the Just Growth Programme and Crowdfunder UK for all their support.
Farm Director, Spencer Christy, commented, "This is an amazing day for the farm, this area of Essex, the honey bees, the farm's soil and all the wildlife that make this farm their home. We have taken the first step in implementing our Social Farming Initiative which aims to offer adults with learning difficulties daily life experiences on the farm."
The Community Share Offer now moves into it's final phase with an additional £15,000 worth of shares available to fund capital works and complete the membership body of warmth around the Society by May 24th 2017. The Team's commitment is strong to achieve this saying, "the local interest and support has been amazing and we will continue our hard work in spreading the word so people can join this pioneering project for the Blackwater Estuary in Essex."