Feed the chickens and check for eggs. Discuss dual-purpose (White Sussex) breed and general care. Discuss rearing chicks. Watch the bees. Discuss all aspects of beekeeping. Try on a bee suit. Taste the honey. Tour the fruit and nut trees. Discuss all aspects of growing , grafting and crossing apples and other fruit. See cordons, step-overs, espalier, standards. See sweet chestnut, cobs and walnuts. See a family tree with three apple varieties. See the fruit cage and discuss. Tour the vegetable garden. Discuss inter-cropping, perennials, pests. Enter the greenhouse and see the hotbox and its crops: early salad (March) and melons (July). See the grape (roots outside, vine inside the greenhouse). Walk along the (planted) foraging hedge with many different types of pollen and fruit for humans / bees. See the pears grafted to hawthorn. See the turkeys and discuss (Sep to Dec!). See the solar panels, wood pellet boiler, smart meter. Discuss all the energy systems. (optional) Hear some of the history of Farlands House, the dam (just above the house, built in 1900) and Hayfield village
Want to live in a greener, more sustainable way? Worried about climate change? Want to eat more fruit & veg? Need inspiration? LEARN from someone who’s been doing it for years . . . . . . we are self-sufficient in growing fruit & veg. We keep chickens, and ducks, and rear turkeys at Xmas. We have 2 beehives. We grow soft fruit, and have an orchard of 50+ varieties of apples, pears and plums. I graft all the trees. We’re experimenting with perennial veg, trying to move away from sowing/planting every year. I lecture on self-sufficiency and on apples, and I’m in the Northern Fruit Group.
Our smallholding covers two acres and includes woodland, a large veg garden, orchard and several paddocks.
Can't find a suitable date? Please get in touch. We will be walking/standing for 90 mins. Great walking from the door in the Peak District National Park. You are welcome to leave a car before/after.
My Great Big Smallholding Tour