Spring was a busy time for our first farmers on the Starter Farm, Clare Whitney (right) and Sylvie Planel, supported by Stroud Community Agriculture (SCA). Having presented their plans to the development group in March it was time to implement them.
First came clearing of the brambles, with help from volunteers and putting up a rabbit proof fence. Also, the first ploughing for the vegetable plot and some inspiration and mentoring from Mark of the SCA.
Since then Clare and Sylvie have erected their own polytunnel, have running water and a shed for tools and equipment.
The land has been disc-and-chain harrowed to form a tilth fine enough for both transplanting and direct sowing. Two-thirds of the plot has crops now and they are generally doing well. Even the squashes, planted in a windy spell, have recovered. A summer of weeding and harvesting lies ahead.
Their produce this year is all going to the SCA, who are recruiting new members, so if you are not an SCA member and would like to join, now is the time!