To best answer the question of 'what is an online farm' we have created a working example here that shows the kind of place that future customers could build and own for themselves. Our example online farm has everything that a small family might need throughout the year. Video posts and farmer's reports will keep you up to date on how everything is getting along.
Rich raw honey straight from a hive has to be one of the most exciting harvests of any farm.
A new queen and her swarm has arrived. They are all busy as, well bees...
Cooking herbs: Dill, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Tarragon, Wild garlic, Coriander, Black mustard seeds, Aniseed, Peppermint, Licorice plant, Echinacea and Marshmallow root.
The herbs are all doing very well, with thyme, rosemary, tarragon and parsley all ready to pull.
Crop: Chili pepper (Early Jalapeno), Chili pepper (Fish Pepper), Plum tomatoes (Oxheart), Yellow cherry tomato, Beef tomato, Tomato (Green zebra), Tomato (Money maker), Basil, Cucumber , Paprika, Aubergin, Horseradish bush
New growth is everywhere now in the glasshouse, well ahead of anything outside. Our tomatoes are growing by inches everyday, soaking up the strength of the long July sun.
Our online farm's orchard consists of four trees; an Akero apple tree, a Tremlett's Bitter cider apple tree, a Barrlett Pear tree and an Elderflower tree. The apple and pear trees are mature and will give a crop of about 50 kg of fruit each. Along with being used in a host of delicious deserts all winter, we plan to press some of this crop for fruit juice drinks and our very own cider.
It is a very nice time to visit and have a picnic in the orchard.
The online farm's forest consists of two 70 year old birch trees and a 100 year old fir tree. This is about equivalent to three cords of firewood. We can use them for simple firewood or ask them to be cut into planks for future DIY projects. Already we have several projects in mind, progress on which we will keep you posted on here.
Our trees have been cleared of some excess branches, that have been put aside. Great for rustic fence building!
Organic fed, free range hens produce amazing eggs, and are a great addition to any small farm. Our online farm has three Welsummer hens that will produce roughly 12 eggs a week.
Our three hens are now enjoying more space and a diet of fresh forest food, mostly small bugs. It is a hens life.
Our online farm shares ownership of the dairy cow Molly. She is a very friendly calm Cow who is a pleasure to visit and spend time with. Each week our online farm will receive five pints of her fresh creamy milk, which we will use to make a range of great dairy products.
Molly has been out to paster, and had never been happier. Now is a great time for making butter and cheese as the fresh grass makes great creamy milk.
What is not to love about owning your own Potato patch in July?
The pig on this online farm is a saddleback boar. It will produce about 80kg of Pork in the Autumn. This will be an important food source for a range of traditional recipes throughout the winter months.
Our pig now has the run of the forest at the back of the farm, where he is busy digging up every piece of wild food his snout finds.
The grain field on this online farm is 10m x 30m and will be planted with a crop of rye and a crop of oats. After milling there should be 30kg rye flower and 20kg oats, which we will use throughout the winter for bread making and cakes.
Growth is beginning to show through on our field of grain.