In this month’s blog, Michael Dart tells us what's happening on the farm...
Here on our farm and vineyards, we are proud to have our own hives, tended to by our devoted bee keeper Phillip. Bees are crucial for pollinating our crops, pastures & hedgerows, sustaining our local ecosystem & biodiversity and helping the land around us flourish. There are plenty of ways to support bees and other important pollinators from your own garden, here are a few of our top tips...
Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, Taste East Devon is delighted to announce its 2022 food festival is to run from 3-18th September, extending into a 16 day celebration.
In this month’s blog, Michael Dart gets excited as the flavours of the new season begin to appear.
Overlooking the Clyst Valley, our farmland is surrounded by unique wetlands, which are perfect for carbon-storing, and create habitats for our local wildlife. As part of our century old rotational practices, in the summer months, our Ruby Reds keep the soil fertile with their dung and encourage a new growth of grass which helps to lock and reduce carbon. During the winter months, we raise water levels of the same area that the cattle graze which helps to stimulate bio-diversity and to encourage migratory wildlife to flock and flourish.
Halloween may be over, but our pumpkins can be used all winter - whether it be in tasty soups, pumpkin pies and stews or for feeding local wildlife and insects!
By now, we’re all familiar with the concept of wild animals being driven to extinction… but what about foods? Whilst the ‘Pig’s Snout’ apple may not pluck at the heartstrings in the same way the White Rhino does, for us the prospect is equally alarming. If we’re not careful, our children will inherit a world where flavour is made in factories and provenance is a thing of the past.