• Sun
    21
    Jun
    2015
    11.00-16.00Walled Garden at Hardwick estate

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  • 11.00-16.00Walled Garden at Hardwick estate

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  • 11.00-16.00Walled Garden at Hardwick estate

    This is a first-time event at our farm, since we have started growing strawberries again. Twenty or more Strawberry_2years ago the business was specialised in strawberry plants for fruit and propagation and was the largest supplier of organic strawberry plants in the UK. All well, until the virus Verticillium Wilt, set in teh ground since the 2nd World War destroyed the plantation in a matter of days. The business would have gone bust, if it were not for the vegetables that we had started selling as well. A dear lesson was learned - Diversify. It took a great deal of courage to start again, in 2014, and an even greater deal of knowledge and experience. The virus is still there, but we have learned to defy it. How? Join the Market Garden Tour at 2pm to learn from Tolly, the grower.

    Bring your children and family for a great day out. Enjoy teas, coffee, home-made pastry, a cup of creamy soups with organic artisan bread rolls and bring a large basket to stock up on your veg and strawberries for the week.

  • Mon
    20
    Jul
    2015
    10:30 - 14:00Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate
    Farm walk. nasturshiumsAn inspiring talk, farm walk and networking opportunity for interested growers, farmers, gardeners, students and all folk interested in Soils.
    Due to popular demand, this is a chance for all those who wish to visit our farm and have a structured conversation with Iain Tolhurst and other like-minded people. Subjects such as soil fertility, rotations, green manures, weed and pest control will be tackled. By registration only.  £25.00/person + VAT including hearty organic home-made lunch with seasonal farm vegetables. Limited places available, so sign up here and let us know how many people are coming. Booking open until 13 July.
  • Sun
    02
    Aug
    2015
    12 noon - 5pmWalled Garden at Hardwick Estate
    A second year in a row, this time our Mulberry Fayre will be dedicated to local mulberry_1talent.

    DAY PROGRAMME

    12 NOON GATES OPEN

    1PM - NAMIBIA: THE LAST WILDERNESS – SLIDE SHOW BY NIC BRAZIL (large marquee)

    1PM - FLORAL ARRANGEMENT DEMO: Berry Bouttonieres BY CHANTAL STEAR

    2PM – 3PM LIVE MUSIC by DOLLY AND THE CLOTHESPEGS

    2PM – TOUR OF HISTORIC HARDWICK HOUSE by Miriam Rose

    2PM – THE NATURAL WORLD – by Bardica Story telling

    2:30pm - FLORAL ARRANGEMENT DEMO: Foraged Flower Crowns BY CHANTAL STEAR

    3:00 PM - RAFFLE PRIZES in support to PHOENIX Centre for disabled children in Riscani, Moldova, by MAD AID ORG

    3:30 PM - NAMIBIA: THE LAST WILDERNESS – SLIDE SHOW BY NIC BRAZIL (large marquee)

    4:00 PM – TOUR OF HISTORIC HARDWICK HOUSE by Miriam Rose

    4:00 PM – THE NATURAL WORLD – by Bardica Story telling

    5:00 PM -  Event closes

    THROUGHOUT THE DAY

    Mulberry Tree Colouring competition – at Children’s tent

    Moldovan food & wine Tasting – at Charity tent Supporting MAD AID ORG

    Wax rolling activities – at Alder Bridge School tent

    Hula hooping with Rose Tolhurst

    Framed pictures by the Mulberry Tree

    Bouncy Castel for children under 12

    Hula hooping with Rose Tolhurst

     

     

  • Sun
    04
    Oct
    2015
    11.00 - 17.00Walled Garden at Hardwick Estate

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    The third Squash & Pumpkin Festival is set to attract over a thousand people and will offer everything rural, from pumpkins and squash, sweet corn BBQ, pizza oven, tractors for picture taking, workshops and stalls, in a beautiful setting, with very friendly people. Children's entertainment from 2 to 4pm, plus story telling, tours of historic Hardwick House, garden tour at 3pm. Come with your family, dress autumnal, bring your carved pumpkins or large pumpkins to compete for a prize. Lots to do, to taste and to learn!

    Local food & drink producers, craftsmen and artisans are welcome. To sign up for a stall, please complete and email back this Form

    Squash and Pumpkin Festival Applicaton Form for Stall Holder

  • Mon
    30
    Nov
    2015
    10.00 AM - 3.30 PMTolhurst Organic

    Tolly_AFBookings for this event have now closed. If you are interested, please email us and we shall plan another workshop in spring 2016.

    Integrating trees into an organic horticultural system offers opportunities to diversify the business as well as environmental benefits. This workshop will provide practical advice and pointers on implementing agroforestry systems on your farm.

    The day will centre around Iain Tolhurst’s newly planted agroforestry system with plenty of opportunity for discussion. We will explore the pros and cons of planting trees for agroforestry in horticultural businesses. There will be advice on species choice and design; tree establishment, understorey management; pruning and managing fruit trees in agroforestry systems; management and grant availability.

    £12 per head to include organic lunch. To reserve your place, you must book with the Organic Research Centre by clicking here

    Lunch Menu

    Leek & potato soup

    Bread rolls, including gluten-free option

    Butter and vegan spread

    Green leaf salad, may include celery and mustard

    Protein salad with grated roots and red beans

    Tea & coffee including Decaf and herb teas

    Digestive biscuits

     

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    10 AM - 2 PMTolhurst Organic

     

    This event is designed to help growers understand more about making and using their LEEKS6own compost.

    09.30 Registration and refreshments

    10.00 Introduction to Innovative Farmers

    10.15 The Science (Catherine Dawson, Melcourt Industries)

    This will include a presentation and lots of opportunity for questions

    Effects of c
    onductivity
    Factors effecting germination and subsequent growth,
    Key properties of individual ingredients.
    Why and when should you consider adding woodchip compost, green waste or coir?

    11.00 The Trialling (Ben Raskin, Head of Horticulture)

    Testing a new compost – how to assess results
    Management of trials and recording information
    Benefits of trialling as a collective
    Woodchip and Biochar case study

    11.30 The Practical (Iain Tolhurst, Tolhurst Organic)
    Collection of material
    Managing the heap
    Using the compost – propagation and fertility

    13.00 Lunch

    13.45 Close and depart

    Please email Astrid Barrowman at [email protected] with any queries. For more information on the Innovative Farmers Programme, please visit the innovativefarmers.org website.

    To book your free place, visit the link  here
    .