News stories

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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!

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.

 

 

 

 

 




SNOW

We were hit by the snow at the beginning of March. 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.  


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.