Jun 062016
 
6 June 2016: Summer in the farming year

Allotment – Snails a pest to farmers and gardeners. Have some fun with a snail race
Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops.

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May 162016
 
16 May 2016: Green Green Growth of May

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 032016
 
3 May 2016: April showers - still!

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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Apr 152016
 
18 April 2016 - Ides of March - come and gone....

Planning done! – Planning over down to planting on the Allotment, with bean, peas, parsnips and catch crops.
Busy bees Busy Farmers –Shows bees busy pollinating tomatoes, and farmers busy in the fields, fertilising winter crops and sowing spring crops.
Secret Calves and lambs? – Explains how we have so far been unsuccessful in catching calves being born on film, but how we are more confident of catching lambs being born as our farmer has 2000 ewes to lamb. We see these ewes being brought inside, fed and vaccinated in preparation for lambing.

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Jun 072015
 
8 June 2015: Summer in the farming year

Allotment – Snails a pest to farmers and gardeners. Have some fun with a snail race
Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops.

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May 182015
 
18 May 2015: Green Green Growth of May

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 042015
 
5 May 2015: April showers - still!

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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Jun 142014
 
16 June 2014: Summer in the farming year

Allotment – Snails a pest to farmers and gardeners. Have some fun with a snail race
Grass at Last – We revisit the lambs we saw turned out after lambing and we see our calves getting their first taste of fresh grass
Beetroot Seed & Ripe Tomatoes – We say strange beetroot seed planted and then the tomatoes we saw planted, sorted by robots, pollinated by bees are finally picked and sorted ready for you to enjoy in the shops

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May 292014
 
2 June 2014: Green Green Growth of June

Allotment – Planting runner beans, corgettes and brassicas in with or without a garden.
Planting…– We see the schools visiting Stockbridge Technology Centre planting lettuce and then see how farmers plant lettuce and sprouts on a commercial scale.
Pigs for bacon – The pigs we have followed from farrowing are weighed to see if they are ready for bacon. We also follow a local butcher as he explains how a pig carcass in butchered into the various pork and bacon cuts

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May 172014
 
19 May 2014: April shower - not always in April

Lambing – Follow lambing on Oliver’s Farm where we see lots of new born lambs and the work involved in looking after all these new lives, which involves both experienced shepherds and fresh, enthusiastic young shepherds.

Planting Potatoes – We see the first school visits of the year to Stockbridge Technology Centre and see the children and their teachers busy planting potatoes and wild flowers.

Allotment Update – See how crops have progress on our allotment.

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May 052014
 
5 May 2014: Spring - What does it mean to you?

Prepare for your preparers! – Planting potatoes in your garden, allotment or on your patio
Calving – We finally manage to capture some cows calving on film – full graphic details so beware! We show how soon a newborn calf is up and suckling it’s mother’s milk and also how the farmer’s jobs and responsibilities for this calf start from day 1
Sowing and harvesting – Whilst farmers are busy sowing crops such as peas and wheat in the fields, growers are already harvesting some of the crops like cucumbers, which are grown under glass.

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Mar 222014
 
24 March 2014 - Ides of March - come and gone....

Planning done! – Planning over down to planting on the Allotment, with bean, peas, parsnips and catch crops.
Busy bees Busy Farmers –Shows bees busy pollinating tomatoes, and farmers busy in the fields, fertilising winter crops and sowing spring crops.
Secret Calves and lambs? – Explains how we have so far been unsuccessful in catching calves being born on film, but how we are more confident of catching lambs being born as our farmer has 2000 ewes to lamb. We see these ewes being brought inside, fed and vaccinated in preparation for lambing.

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Mar 072014
 
10 March 2014 - Nature knows....

The snow hath retreated – Looks at the signs of spring. What can you look for as an indication that spring has sprung! Also how you and your school can get involved with helping scientists analyse if spring is getting earlier like some people believe.
Beating the weather? –Another visit to the greenhouses to see how the tomatoes are progressing, as well as cucumbers and surprisingly strawberries.
The weather can kill! – This follows our newborn piglets through to weaning, looking at what different systems are available for rearing pigs and how the UK pig herd has some of the highest welfare standards in the world – which we should be supporting if we believe in animal welfare.

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Mar 012013
 
4 March 2013 - Weather good or bad?

The snow hath retreated – Looks at the signs of spring. What can you look for as an indication that spring has sprung! Also how you and your school can get involved with helping scientists analyse if spring is getting earlier like some people believe.
Beating the weather? –Another visit to the greenhouses to see how the tomatoes are progressing, as well as cucumbers and surprisingly strawberries.
The weather can kill! – This follows our newborn piglets through to weaning, looking at what different systems are available for rearing pigs and how the UK pig herd has some of the highest welfare standards in the world – which we should be supporting if we believe in animal welfare.

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