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By meadowsweetorganics, Jun 13 2017 05:42PM

We've been busy! phew, feels like we're riding the crest of the wave at the moment trying to get things planted and sown out on time.


It's June now and we're back in business! back at the markets, vegboxes re-starting and our produce is back in shops and the polytunnels are bursting with produce and field crops are just starting to get going - hello kale!


We've already hosted lots of amazing helpexchangers and wwoofers who we couldn't have managed without.


this is just a quick check in to say hello, we're still here and things are happening! Check out the 'delivery' page to;


- Come say hello to us at the farmers markets


- Get a vegbox from us


- Find our produce in retail outlets throughout fife.


More soon!


More to come soon!

By meadowsweetorganics, Mar 20 2017 04:05PM

We are still looking for someone! This will be a great opportunity for someone to gain the confidence and skills to pursue a career in organic agriculture. Get in touch if you are interested.


Remember that we also take volunteers on the farm through HelpX; https://www.helpx.net/ for longer term stays with food and accomdation, or if you are local and would like to volunteer a bit each week, then please get in touch and we can offer fresh air, excercise, veg, lunch and market gardening skills in return for your help on the farm.


SEASONAL APPRENTICE POSITION AT MEADOWSWEET ORGANICS


ABOUT US

Meadowsweet Organics is a 2.5ha market garden on the Falkland Estate in Fife producing organic certified vegetables, salads, medicinal and culinary herbs and cut flowers, which we sell via weekly farmers markets, wholesalers, small retail outlets and farmshops as well as a small vegbox scheme.

It was started in 2015 by David and Rosy, a young couple with a passion for making organic produce more widely available as well as creating a low impact system with high biodiversity.

We are now entering our 3rd growing season at Meadowsweet Organics and are expanding our production by installing a new 500m2 polytunnel to increase protected cropping, growing on a larger outdoor area as well as beginning to plant an orchard and increase biodiversity on the farm.

The farm is small scale and most work is done by hand, we are modeling many parts of our system on Jean Martin Fortier's Market Gardener model, also we use no animal imput into our system and are working towards a permaculture model in the future.

See our webiste for further details and pictures; www.meadowsweet-organics.co.uk


CRITERIA

We would like to offer an opportunity for someone to live, work and learn with us for the growing season from April to October.

It is essential that you share our passion for organics, growing and working outdoors and ideally have some past experience of wwoofing or volunteering on an organic farm.

This position will suit someone enthusiastic and happy to work outdoors in all weathers of the Scottish climate as well as occasionally under pressure when we are working to fullfill orders for customers or market.

A practical nature and common sense are vital as well as a self sufficient and self content attitude and being open to learning new ideas.

The ideal candidate will have their own transport and be seeking a simple outdoor life and opportunity to learn new skills that could lead them forward to a career in organic farming.

Work will be varied and include all aspects of organic production and marketing including weeding, planting, sowing, harvesting and packing produce as well as watering, feeding and plant care. There may also be some deliveries and attending farmers markets required.

You will have an opportunity to learn many new practical skills as well as an insight into running a seasonal market garden.

Hours will be 5 days a week, 8 hours a day including a morning and lunch break. We will also be hosting volunteers on the farm, who will work alongside you.


WHAT WE CAN OFFER IN RETURN

- Training and practical experience in all aspects of market gardening.

- A good working environment and local community, beautiful surroundings and area to explore, good local social life including weekly music session, other surrounding organic farms to visit.

- For the 1st month (April) we will provide food and accommodation in our home on the Falkland Estate and from May onwards we will provide accommodation and a weekly alowance of £50 as well as produce from the farm.


HOW TO APPPLY

If you think you are the right person for this opportunity please email us telling us about yourself, your experience and why you are interested; rosy@meadowsweet-organics.co.uk


By meadowsweetorganics, Jan 28 2017 02:16PM

Things are starting to get moving on the farm and in the office!


The first big news is that this year we will be hosting our first herbal medicine course on the farm led by Rosy. It consists of 4 seasonal sundays throughout the year and each session includes a herb walk, lunch and practical herbal medicine making workshop. You will learn lots throughout the course and have the opportunity to compile your own Herbal as well as making remidies and new friends!

See the flyer below for more details or just get in touch.


The second news is that we are looking for a seasonal apprentice to come and work with us this season!

Here's the info;


SEASONAL APPRENTICE POSITION AT MEADOWSWEET ORGANICS


ABOUT US

Meadowsweet Organics is a 2.5ha market garden on the Falkland Estate in Fife producing organic certified vegetables, salads, medicinal and culinary herbs and cut flowers, which we sell via weekly farmers markets, wholesalers, small retail outlets and farmshops as well as a small vegbox scheme.

It was started in 2015 by David and Rosy, a young couple with a passion for making organic produce more widely available as well as creating a low impact system with high biodiversity.

We are now entering our 3rd growing season at Meadowsweet Organics and are expanding our production by installing a new 500m2 polytunnel to increase protected cropping, growing on a larger outdoor area as well as beginning to plant an orchard and increase biodiversity on the farm.

The farm is small scale and most work is done by hand, we are modeling many parts of our system on Jean Martin Fortier's Market Gardener model, also we use no animal imput into our system and are working towards a permaculture model in the future.

See our webiste for further details and pictures; www.meadowsweet-organics.co.uk


CRITERIA

We would like to offer an opportunity for someone to live, work and learn with us for the growing season from April to October.

It is essential that you share our passion for organics, growing and working outdoors and ideally have some past experience of wwoofing or volunteering on an organic farm.

This position will suit someone enthusiastic and happy to work outdoors in all weathers of the Scottish climate as well as occasionally under pressure when we are working to fullfill orders for customers or market.

A practical nature and common sense are vital as well as a self sufficient and self content attitude and being open to learning new ideas.

The ideal candidate will have their own transport and be seeking a simple outdoor life and opportunity to learn new skills that could lead them forward to a career in organic farming.

Work will be varied and include all aspects of organic production and marketing including weeding, planting, sowing, harvesting and packing produce as well as watering, feeding and plant care. There may also be some deliveries and attending farmers markets required.

You will have an opportunity to learn many new practical skills as well as an insight into running a seasonal market garden.

Hours will be 5 days a week, 8 hours a day including a morning and lunch break. We will also be hosting volunteers on the farm, who will work alongside you.


WHAT WE CAN OFFER IN RETURN

- Training and practical experience in all aspects of market gardening.

- A good working environment and local community, beautiful surroundings and area to explore, good local social life including weekly music session, other surrounding organic farms to visit.

- For the 1st month (April) we will provide food and accommodation in our home on the Falkland Estate and from May onwards we will provide accommodation and a weekly alowance of £50 as well as produce from the farm.


HOW TO APPPLY

If you think you are the right person for this opportunity please email us telling us about yourself, your experience and why you are interested; rosy@meadowsweet-organics.co.uk



By meadowsweetorganics, Jan 8 2017 03:36PM

Happy New Year!


It's January and we've been in hibernation for the past few months stocking up on much needed rest and planning ahead for the coming season.

There's not much growing on the farm this time of year apart from Kale and Brussels Sprouts because of the cold and short days and to add to that the farm is shadowed by the Lomond Hills making the season even shorter!

There is life inside the polytunnel however where pak choi, spring cabbages, lettuces, salads and seedling are growing away slowly waiting for the light and warmth to return. You can never be short of indoor growing space in Scotland and that's why we're currently building a second even bigger tunnel! so we can get more veggies to you even earlier this year.

Apart from building there's not a huge amount to do on the farm this time of year apart from tidying up and feeding the perrenial plants like asparagus and herbs to prepare them for the Spring.

We have recently been awarded a grant to help increase biodiversity on the farm and plan to do this by planting a medicinal hedgerow along the farm, installing some owl boxes, starting to plant an orchard and sowing a wildflower meadow, so we will planting lots of trees over the next month or so.

Like I mentioned, we have been doing lots of planning ahead for this year and have lots of very exciting plans including growing more, adding lots of fertility to the farm, doing more vegboxes, taking on more volunteers and a seasonal apprentice; so what this space!


Here's to an abundant 2017!

By meadowsweetorganics, Jul 20 2016 11:56AM

I'm pretty sure that yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far! we were out in the heat hoe-ing brassica crops and watching everything grow. I have time to write this because it is currently torrential rain and thunder storms outside right now; the perfect recipe for plant growth. Our lives and work are always dictated by the weather.

We've been harvesting lots of veggies including cucumbers, salads, beetroot, new potatoes, cabbages and courgettes. And lots of flowers for bouquets and weddings including ammi, cornflowers, sweetpeas and nigella. And lots of herbs too including St Johns Wort, elderflower, nettle and mullein, which means new herb tea blends coming soon!

And there's much more to come! like tomotoes, which should start ripening up any day now :)

We've also had our share of pest problems, which are inevitable when you choose to work with nature as conditions are different every year bringing always new challenges like the diamondback moth, which swarmed into our field about a week ago and started happily munching away and reproducing on our brassica (cabbage family) crops. It's a big problem all over Scotland and the UK and unfortunatly they're resistant to most methods of control. The birds have been helping us by eating them off the plants and other moth predators are enourged by the phaceilia growing around our crops. Here's an article on them if you're interested; http://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/diamondback-moth-epic-journey.html

..It just might be a while before we see kale back on the menu..

We've also had lots of amazing helpers over the past week helping with the big job of weeding and thinning the beetroot and some very late leek planting. People volunteered very quickly when we threatened that there wouldn't be beetroot if we didn't do it soon :) thank you Alice & Benny, Peter, Mum and Auntie Helen, Anna, Johanna & Minna.

Next Monday we're re-starting our Edinburgh vegbox deliveries, which can be ordered in advance from the shop page on our website and then picked up from the Pavillion Cafe on the Meadows between 12 - 5pm. Our vegboxes are unique because they are full of 100% seasonal, organic produce that's as fresh as can be and we don't buy anything in.

Farmer's market are going very well and we have 2 markets on the last Saturday of this month; Kinross and Kirkcaldy and then St Andrews the following week. Don't forget about the Falkland 'Local Food Works' Markets every Saturday (apart from the last of the month) from 10:30 to 12:30 where you can buy our produce from the Falkland Growers & Producers stall.

Summer is definatly with us now, despite the rain today (and all the other days :)). Everything is growing happily, we're working hard and there's much more to come in the new few months!

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