Welcome back to Bragg’s Blog

We’re back! The last year or so has been rather busy, but that's what we enjoy and we thrive on challenges. We have a few new activities now at Frogmary; we have an Anaerobic Digester producing gas and electricity, a purpose-built and fitted out classroom which we have named The SHED (Schools' Health Education Den) and HGVs for the haulage of feedstocks, digestate and other general haulage work.

Spring work on Frogmary Green Farm

As you are reading this you will notice we have a sparkling new website from our adorable helpful friends at Stable Design. We also have new company branding, or as we like to say it...tee-shirts, which we are meant to keep clean! I hope you enjoy exploring through the farming, cookery school information and the events pages. You never know what you may find.

The farming year generally works like clockwork it just depends on the workload and weather combination, so the spring was glorious with lots of dry weather, the maize was all drilled into lovely seedbeds and the weather continued through May and June with long hours of sunlight and hot days, our crops of maize have all grown exceptionally well.

Second cut in June
At the start of July, you would normally expect summer to begin. Not this year! With the past three months putting exceptional pressure on our workload, harvesting whole crop cereals, second and third cut grass along with combing and drilling stubble turnips; it's been very busy. We are now well into harvesting our maize crops some of which have been very tall this year (early sun and lots of rain) and beginning to drill winter barley and winter wheat which will be harvested next year.
We're thrilled that we've had so many visitors attending the various events that we have hosted over the last six months. We have been told by many that our open days are so enjoyable and could we do more of them? We have listened - and the first was an Easter Fayre with family dog show, fluffy little chicks, face painting and, of course, an Easter Egg trail for the children with a lovely goodie bag at the end. Open Farm Sunday and Summer BBQ were both fantastic days, with live music, fabulous food and drink from local producers. Although shattered, we had a wonderful time hosting these events and hope those of you who joined us, enjoyed yourself as much as we did. May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended and those who helped make these events fun and enjoyable for all.

Open Gardens and Family Fun Day at Frogmary Green Farm

We’re currently in preparation for our next event, later this month. We usually open our gardens, arboretum and ponds each autumn for one day, so that they can be enjoyed by everyone. Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. With all the wonderful Somerset wildlife and the onset of the changing colours; there is no better time to visit the ponds and gardens. It really would be a shame not to share it.

This year, we’ve added some fun activities for all the family to make sure there’s something for everyone to enjoy including a Fun Dog Show, hosted by Emily’s Groom Room, not to mention tree climbing and zip wire fun provided by Tree Climb Adventures For more information on our Open Gardens Day, click here.

Open Gardens and Family Fun Day banner

Nick’s Trio of Triathlons in aid of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute

After completing my Trio of Triathlons, I wish I had discovered this sport as a young farmer rather than an old farmer! Over the past few months of training, I have swum 8k, cycled 240k and ran 175k. A staggering £1,700 has been donated to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. My thanks to everyone who has sponsored me and given moral support and encouragement.

Just time for a few thank-yous; firstly to Mrs. B for your continual encouragement and support and to Simon and Catherine Rands, Gaela Peyrard and Susie Parry-Jones for your patience, help and support through my training. Thank you all so much.

My Virgin Money Giving page is still active. If you would like to make a pledge to R.A.B.I, please visit Virgin Money Giving/Nick Bragg

For more information about R.A.B.I, visit the website.

Nick's Triathlon Swim
Nick's Trio of Triathlons
Nick's Triathlon Cycle
We’ll be back every month with Bragg’s Blog. Look out for the latest instalment on our website and keep an eye on facebook and twitter for more updates.

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