We have some pretty big ideas about what food should and shouldn't be. So we're choosing to be part of the movement toward a healthier food system - which means healthier people, communities, and beyond.
Little Woodbatch Ltd.
We think food can be produced in a better way than the 'norm' that we've all become used to, that it can taste really, really good, and can work with our environment rather than against it. We believe that healthy, sustainable fresh veg should be accessible to everyone, because no one should have to sacrifice quality, health, or their values because a price tag is too high.
What we grow
So far this season, we've started out with:
- A variety of tomatoes, cukes & chillies in the poly-tunnel greenhouse
- Lettuces, spinach, kale, chard & micro-greens & edible flowers for salad mixes
- Tasty roots: carrots, beets, turnips & radishes
- Peas, beans, rhubarb, courgettes, herbs, squashes... lots of experiments to find the best tasting varieties and some interesting variation.
Forest gardens can come in all shapes and sizes. This part of the project is a narrow strip (about 400m long x 10m wide) where we've started out with a selection of rare-breed, hardy Welsh fruit trees (apples, pears, plums and cherries) along with existing Rowans and Oaks. We will be planting a second level with fruiting shrubs and bushes once the trees are more established. In 2018, we'll be experimenting with peas, beans, potatoes, herbs, and various squashes as the ground cover. The aim is to create a healthy (mini!) forest ecosystem on our property that we can share with wildlife and that will encourage biodiversity and natural pest control for crops.
Veg boxes and farmer's markets
Little Woodbatch veg is available at the Bishop's Castle Farmer's Market on the 3rd Saturday of each month, and at Knighton Farmer's Market on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.
Harvest WholeFoods in Lydham carries our produce with new deliveries fresh each Tuesday morning.
We will be setting up a market stall in the centre of Bishop's Castle starting in August - Details to come.
Veg boxes will be a feature in 2019 - Please let us know if you're interested in signing up!
Heritage Breed Hens and Ducks
We're excited to get a few hens and ducks in Spring 2019. This team will help us out with:
- Fresh eggs
- Organic pest control
- Fertilizer production and scratching up garden beds to clear them and turn over the topsoil
A few thousand bees will be joining us during the summer of 2019. This team will help us with pollination and share their honey harvest with us. By simply doing what they do best, bees provide about one in every three bites of food we eat. We'd be lost without them, so we'll be doing our part to support the honeybee population.
We're really excited to be a part of our new town. Plans that we envision to support our local community include:
- Training: food preparation and preservation, farming skills, food system knowledge, and more as we develop our own skills!
- Tours: students from local schools and colleges, and interested community members
- Encouraging local tourism
If you have any ideas on things that we could do to meet the needs of the town, let us know. We'd love to hear from you.