A Spring in our Step

As the days get longer and the sun rises earlier, so do we at Frogmary Green Farm get up and get on with our day. Spring is an eventful and very busy time for us as we begin cultivating, drilling, fertilising and spraying crops, the team at Frogmary has been out and about, drilling their Spring Triticale.

Getting ready for Spring at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton
Spring at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton

Cultivating the land consists of producing a seed bed of fine soil, so seeds can germinate and grow quickly. Before modern agricultural inventions, a farmer would plough and cultivate the field in rows and throw thousands of seeds by hand. Many of these would never germinate due to their uneven spacing, inconsistent depth and natural factors, such as gusty winds or hungry, hungry birds.

Thankfully, we now have fantastic, modern machines like our Seed Drill, which uses a disc type coulter to evenly distribute and plant the seeds plus an advanced navigation/ guidance system and auto sectional shutoff to maintain efficiencies.  Using these machines give us greater control over the entire process of planting and covering the seeds for optimum growth.

Getting ready for Spring at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton
Easter Fayre at Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton

Easter is fayre-ly soon....

Saturday 20 April, 2019
Frogmary Green Farm

Easter is fayre-ly soon....

Saturday 20 April, 2019
Frogmary Green Farm

The day of Easter Fayre is drawing closer and we cannot wait to welcome you all back to the farm!

 The Easter Egg Trail will be back along with face painting and bouncy castle fun for the younger visitors to enjoy. Discover local crafts at our Market Place stalls, meet our Easter Chicks or have an adventure exploring our beautiful wildlife area and arboretum.

We are really looking forward to the live music from local Burrow Hill-Billy band, SnakeSNAKEsnakewhich we know is best accompanied by a pint of luscious Perry’s Cider!

When you're ready to sit and relax we'll be serving up teas, coffees, hog roast and an assortment of our yummy-scrummy cakes throughout the day.  There’s even something for “man’s best friend” in our Fun Family Dog Show so be sure to bring along the WHOLE family.

Tim maddams:

Running WILD
in our kitchens

Tim maddams:

Running WILD
in our kitchens

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We were absolutely delighted to welcome cookery teacher, writer and former River Cottage celebrated Game chef, Tim Maddams, for an evening of thoughtful game cookery demonstration at the end of March. Thank you to Tim for bringing his love of the British countryside, enthusiasm for wild food and his unique culinary style to everyone in our kitchens. Tim's mastery of game cookery has been built from his understanding of sustainable ingredients and ethical production methods. With lots of nibbles, a couple of glasses of good cheer and much laughter, we celebrated the very finest of the seasonal British game.

We will be welcoming back Tim for Fish Cookery Demonstration on Thursday 11th of July. You'll be exploring the seasonal seas and river riches of the UK as Tim reveals the joys of cooking fish and seafood, its sustainability in sourcing and the simplicity of its preparation.

Interested in our other cookery courses and demonstrations? We have something for everyone, including our Artisan Bread Making Course, the popular Thai Cookery Course, and cheese-lovers everywhere won't be able to resist our More Artisan Soft Cheese Making! Discover more on our upcoming events page.

 

Fundraising in aid of R.A.B.I.

As nature goes into overdrive for spring, so too has Nick’s training regime amped up in preparation for his looming cycling challenge, which will see him cycle 3000 miles in 30 days across Canada this summer. He has already completed 4,807 miles, which is the equivalent to cycling the entire length of Britain 5 and half times!

Every hero on a mission needs a worthy cause: Nick has chosen one that is very dear to his heart and all the farming community. He has been training exceptionally hard for his cycling challenge to raise funds and awareness for the important work of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution; a welfare charity changing lives in farming for the better.

Every year the R.A.B.I gives out roughly £2 million in grants and support approximately 2,000 farming individuals and families. A farmer can control many aspects of their farm, but when their finances are affected by unpredictable circumstances, R.A.B.I is here to ease that pressure with their support and advice.

Each case they handle is unique, and the help they provide is wide-ranging and tailored to each individual circumstance. They welcome all people in the farming community, who have experienced anything from extreme weather or animal disease to family breakdown, injury, illness or bereavement, to name but a few.

Learn more about all the great work that R.A.B.I do for farming individuals and families across the South West and beyond: www.rabi.org.uk

“Sally went through the paperwork and helped us put together a plan to pay off our outstanding bills. Most of all, she listened. She listened without rushing me.

Sally and R.A.B.I helped me to focus on the farm and walk through the fog to see the sun and hear the birds. They helped me get back on track to do farm work again. I’m looking ahead with a smile once more.”

David's story

“Sally went through the paperwork and helped us put together a plan to pay off our outstanding bills. Most of all, she listened. She listened without rushing me.

Sally and R.A.B.I helped me to focus on the farm and walk through the fog to see the sun and hear the birds. They helped me get back on track to do farm work again. I’m looking ahead with a smile once more.”

David's story
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Thanks as always go to AMPT for their training support, Stable Design for fundraising and promotional support. Thank you to Fendt, Compass Tractors and Draper Ventilation as main sponsors of the challenge plus welcome to our new sponsors, Biomass Boiler Services and Morspan Construction Ltd.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated so far. All of your help and support is very much appreciated.

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 ... TO EVERYONE THAT CAME AND TOOK PART IN OUR PIG RACING NIGHT! 

With just under three months to go to the challenge, we’re doing all we can to raise as much money as possible for R.A.B.I., including our trotting out charity event like our Pig Racing Night. Hosted by us at Frogmary with the support and help from the Crewkerne Young Farmers, plus a room full of fabulous people powered on sausage and mash, our Pig Racing Night was a crackling success.  

The fluffy, battery-operated piggies hogged all the limelight as they grunted and snuffled their way down our racetrack to the humungous roars of the audience. Thank you all, we managed to raise a whopping £920 to support Nick's monumental challenge and the R.A.B.I.

We've got so much to look forward to in the year ahead and we invite you to visit us at Frogmary Green Farm.