We are located 4 miles north of Cirencester, between the villages of North Cerney, and Woodmancote. From A435 you take the turning towards Bagendon, go up past the Church to the T junction. Turn right towards Woodmancote and Scrubditch Farm is approximately 100 yards on the right. The Care Farm is situated down the drive, up the track on the left.
From A417, turn off at Perrotts Brook/Daglingworth, and proceed towards Perrotts Brook. Just before the A435, turn left towards Woodmancote. Go for approximately 1 1/2 miles and Scrubditch Farm is on the right, just past the Bagendon/North Cerney Cross Roads.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

We are back!

Sandy has farrowed!  She has 13 piglets....amazing!  She is a real star, and looks after them all brilliantly. The students were SO pleased to meet the piglets when they came back ...i think they have all had photos taken holding one!  Sandy doesn't seem to mind us picking them up, although they are a bit more 'squeely' now!!
Just looking!
Rob, the vet came to castrate the boars, but unfortunately one of the boars was more tricky ...he could only find one 'ball'...!  We will have to keep checking it each week, until it drops!

There is lots going on in the garden too....getting all the raised beds ready for planting, putting in potatoes, peas, and more broad beans.  The poly tunnel is positively heaving with salads, veg seedlings and flower seedlings.  We are selling mixed salads to the pub each week, and hope to sell lots of seedlings at the plant sale on 23 May, at the Village Hall.

Last night we held a quiz at the Village Hall, in aid of the Care Farm.   Neil Hainsworth, Charlotte's father, organised it all, and it was done on the big screen - lots of questions about movies, music and tv ....we didn't do well i'm afraid!  If we were better 'Archers' listeners we would have done - lots of questions about those actors.
A big thank you to Neil for organising all the questions, and compering.

i am away next week, but will blog again in a couple of weeks.

OPEN DAYS ARE WEEK COMMENCING 15 JUNE!  Do get in touch if you would like to visit.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY IS 7 JUNE 10 - 1pm  Families welcome

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Lambing has finally finished - we had our last set of twins this morning ...i went out to the field at 6.30am and found 'June' with one very yellow looking lamb, and another one struggling to get out.  The yellowy brown colour is usually a sign that the ewe has really struggled to lamb on her own....so we will give her some antibiotics to make sure she doesn't come down with anything.
Sadly 'Lucky' didn't make it....i'm afraid he got pneumonia - after all that tube and bottle feeding too...

We have had a really good show of ewe lambs this time - 14 out of 20 ....extraordinary, as in previous years, our ewe total has been 3! They are all enjoying this lovely sunshine - long may it last.

Sandy is enormous and i hope she will farrow any day ....but not during the night with any luck!

The poly tunnel is brimming with salads, and we are growing lots of veg plants and flowers for the annual plant sale in the Village Hall on 23 May

We have a volunteer training day on Monday, and start back with students next Thursday.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The students finish for Easter tomorrow, so we are having our usual end of term Easter Picnic - everyone brings a plate of food to share - one year we hid Easter eggs all round our garden, and it was so hot they all melted while we had our picnic!  Not sure that will happen tomorrow....weather has been really horrific the last few days

Lambing continues at a good rate - we now have 5 sets of twins.   One set from our old ewe has a lamb that's very fragile - i have been 'tube' feeding it every few hours until yesterday, when he has now managed to move onto a bottle.  He (LUCKY) as i have now nicknamed him can now stand outside the pen and is drinking nearly 30mls of milk substitute...amazing - fingers crossed!
We have 7 more ewes left to lamb

We moved Sandy back to the Nursery on monday, ready for her to farrow anytime from next week onwards - she looks amazing!

Hens are still laying really well and we have one bantam (or maybe two) laying in an ark, so are hoping they will go broody.
We have had  problems with mites again - cant believe it at this time of year - and have been 'dusting' the hens and cleaning out vociferously...it's such a nightmare to get rid of

i do hope our supporters and friends will be coming to the quiz in April .....FRIDAY 24th April to be exact - ring for details/to book a team in!

HAPPY EASTER, and i will really try to post some photos.....i promise!