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Pop-up meat stall

The inclement weather means an event we had in our diary for Saturday has been postponed.  Instead we are going to be holding a 'Pop-up' Meat stall outside the farm this Saturday 16th March on Houghton Road, Carlisle, from 9am - 1pm.  

 

Come and see us for your beef, lamb and mutton needs - perfect for a warm casserole, quick and easy meatballs or burgers or your Sunday lunch!

 

Northern Farm Awards 2019

We are delighted that Susan has been awarded the Special Award for Care in the Farming Community from the NFA2019 presented by Denys Fell (Northern Farmer of Year 2018).

 

We are thankful to all our staff, volunteers and supporters who enable us to undertake the work we do; supporting people whilst running an organic, livestock farm.

Denys Fell (NFY2018) presents the award to Susan Aglionby and Julia Aglionby


our latest Resident...

We've discovered a tawny owl on the farm. It's wonderful to see it perch in the tree.

 

Lots of our visitors have enjoyed seeing the owl. We are enjoying the diversity of wildlife here on the farm.

 

With thanks to students from the University of Cumbria for their fantastic photos!


RUNRIG AND OBTUSE ARRIVE - DECEMBER 2018

 Great to look out of the Susan's Mess window and be able to see this fine fellow, Runrig the bull, and cow Obtuse standing out in the sunshine!

 

They've now gone to join the rest of the herd.

 


25th jubilee of tarraby

Over 25 years ago, Susan and husband Francis decided to plant a woodland at the edge of the farm.  This summer was the 25th anniversary of the planting.  

 

We were delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor and consort, Cllrs Bowman, to the event, as well as the whole of Houghton Nursery and School, work experience students from James Rennie and even a number of people from the village who had been at the original planting!

 

Susan baked a cake that served 200 and everyone took part in games and activities in the wood.  It was a fantastic morning.  


Open Farm Sunday 2018

We had a fantastic time at Open Farm Sunday. Over 300 people came to the farm during the afternoon.

 

Our new building was opened by Paul Caldwell (RPA) and Andy Beeforth (Cumbria Community Foundation). Afterwards Julie Mennell (Vice-Chancellor of University of Cumbria) and Susan Aglionby signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Susan's Farm C.I.C. and the University.

 

There were stalls from the Master Composters, University showcasing some of their research on the farm, Cumbria Organic Growers and Farmers. Visitors could watch sheep shearing, go on a farm tour, visit the Eva's Organics orchard and enjoy the wonderful sunshine.

 



CALVING - The year of 'Q'

We now how five calves this year. All are doing well. This year we've reached the letter Q for names. It's been a fun challenge coming up with them. So far we have Quentin, Quattro, Quince, Quorn and Quake. 

 

More cows are due to calve throughout the year.

 

Update

All the calves were born without any problems in 2018. Only a couple took a little while to learn to suckle.

 

 

 

 


SNOW

We were hit by the snow at the beginning of March 2018. Feeding the cattle at Armathwaite became a challenge with a 12 mile detour to feed stock 100m down the road. A collapsed ewe had to be rescued by tabbogan. Wallace Field was cut off by snow drifts for four days.

 

 

 


CONVERSION OF OUR EDUCATION BUILDING INTO A PERMANENT STRUCTURE

We are very fortunate to have received a LEADER grant to turn our education building into a permanent, independent building.  This work was completed in March this year and was officially opened on Open Farm Sunday.  The building is proving to be a huge asset, used daily by all those who attend the farm.  

 

Update

This building was completed in February 2018. The new kitchen and office, along with the cladding have transformed it into a fantastic space.


Christmas geese

All our organic geese are fully booked for 2018 and we have a waiting list!  You are more than welcome to place an order for 2019.