Farming Friends

Meet the animals and harvest the information without getting your hands dirty!

Harvest Festival

| September 28, 2007

As a school teacher and a farmer’s wife, I often have to contemplate the meaning of harvest festival, as the Autumn approaches. The scary thing I have found is that children (at the school I work in at least!) do not understand the meaning of harvest, despite having a harvest festival every year. So I [...]

Morning Livestock Duties In Autumn And Winter

| September 13, 2007

When a farm has livestock there are certain jobs that have to be done at certain times of the day and certain times of the year. The Farming Friends livestock consists of; Poultry – white leghorn hen and guinea fowl. Fattening beef cattle. Breeding beef cattle. British saddleback pigs. Each morning the following jobs need [...]

Year Of Food And Farming

| September 12, 2007

Today marks the start of the Year Of Food And Farming in the UK. As the Year Of Food And Farming website states, the Year Of Food And Farming is, “An exciting campaign to help children find out more about the countryside and where their food comes from through memorable, first-hand learning experiences! The Year [...]

Seasonal Food For September

| September 5, 2007

Seasonal food for September as recommended by FARMA includes: Apples Blackberries Beetroot Broccoli Cabbages Carrots Cauliflowers Courgettes Cucumbers French Beans Kohl Rabi Mange Tout Marrows Onions Peas Plums Potatoes Raspberries Runner Beans Spinach Strawberries Sugar Snaps Sweetcorn Turnips FARMA is the UK’s National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association. It “is a co-operative of farmers, producers selling [...]

Seasonal Food For August

| August 3, 2007

Seasonal food for August as recommended by FARMA includes: Asparagus Beetroot Blackberries Broad beans Broccoli Carrots Cauliflower Celeriac Cucumber Elderflower Green cabbage Leeks Onions Parsnips New potatoes Purple sprouting broccoli Red Cabbage Rhubarb Radish Spinach Spring greens Spring onions Strawberries Tomatoes Watercress FARMA is the UK’s National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association. It “is a co-operative [...]

The Economics Of Farming

| June 11, 2007

I received an email on Friday (from Chris) querying why I had not mentioned words like money, profit, C.A.P. and subsidy on the website. My honest response to this was that because I am a relatively new to farming, farmer’s wife, I am yet to fully understand the economics of farming. Following this response Chris emailed me [...]

Seasonal Food For June

| June 2, 2007

Seasonal food for June as recommended by FARMA includes: First strawberries Asparagus Broccoli Carrots Celeriac Earliest tomatoes Elderflower Green cabbage Leeks Onions Parsnips New potatoes Purple sprouting broccoli Red Cabbage Rhubarb Radish Spring onions Earliest cucumber Earliest beetroot Cauliflower Spring greens Spinach   Earliest broad beans Watercress FARMA is the UK’s National Farmers’ Retail & Markets Association. It [...]

The Farming Year – May

| May 9, 2007

Jobs on a cattle and arable farm in May can include; Feeding poultry twice daily. Letting poultry out to free range in a morning. Locking up the poultry huts on a night. Cleaning out the poultry huts. Check cattle in field twice daily. Give cattle in the field mineral supplement. Feed store cattle twice daily. [...]

The Year Of Food And Farming Website Launched

| May 4, 2007

The Year Of Food And Farming is a national initiative and is to be launched in September 2007 in the UK. It aims to give children an increased awareness of where their food comes from and give them the opportunities to become more involved in food preparation and production. It also aims to provide opportunities for learning [...]

The Farming Year – April

| May 3, 2007

Jobs on a cattle and arable farm in April can include; Bedding up cattle once a day. Feeding cattle twice a daily. Milling and mixing animal feed. Calving cows. Disbudding (dehorning) calves. Selling cattle. Electric fences put up around grass fields. Cattle turned out to grass during the last few days of the month. Feeding poultry [...]