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Coltsfoot

by Paul Southall on 17th March 2018
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These Coltsfoot flowers are an early splash of colour in the wildflower meadow, and also a nectar source for early flying insects. The old boys used to smoke the leaves of this plant when they were short of tobacco.

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Drifting

by Paul Southall on 2nd March 2018
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The combination of the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma has produced some interesting snow drifts, through a mix of powdery snow and high winds. The blanket of snow is not helping out on the land, but we hope to start harvesting Purple Sprouting Broccoli again early next week.

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Dubai Purple

by Paul Southall on 13th February 2018
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Many thanks to Naomi who bought this pack, and sent us a pic, of our Purple Sprouting Broccoli in the Dubai branch of M & S. Being a Worcestershire farmer's daughter I hope she enjoyed a taste of the county's produce. Hopefully, a bargain at 10 Dirhams!

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Peas in a Pod

by Paul Southall on 1st February 2018
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Pip has been staying on the farm with Ollie for the last 10 days, but has gone back home to Surrey today. Our first pea seeds of the year went into the ground this morning; sadly a couple of heavy showers stopped the drilling process. We are planting a very early variety into light soil and will aim to put a fleece crop cover over the growing crop - this keeps the frost, and wood pigeons, at bay. With a bit of luck the field will be ready for picking by late May. 

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Flying Stumps

by Paul Southall on 24th January 2018
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The winds have been very strong here of late and Richard, one of our farming landlords, had 4 trees blown into his fishing lake in a single gust! The video shows what happened when the trees were chainsawed off at their base......IMG_0118

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Nigel Huddleston MP

by Paul Southall on 18th January 2018
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I was recently pleased to receive a letter from the House of Commons. Our constituency MP, Nigel Huddleston, had taken the time from his busy schedule to congratulate the farm team on our Waitrose Environmental Sustainability Award.

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New Season

by Paul Southall on 10th January 2018
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At Southalls of Norchard we have now sold the last of our Mixed Squash which, if you don't eat them, will also make beautiful decorations when sprayed. Thank you to friend Di for the sumptuous pic. The one crop we are picking now is Purple Sprouting Broccoli and it is harvesting well and tasting very good. Wood pigeons are normally a problem at this time of year because they also love to eat Purple but at the moment they are distracted by local crops of Oil Seed Rape. The farm team are now focusing on plans for 2018 - 12 crops to be fitted onto around 1200 acres, 90 fields and using over 60 different varieties. It will keep us out of mischief!

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Waitrose Award

by Paul Southall on 21st November 2017
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At the Waitrose Farming Conference, Southalls of Norchard were presented with the Waitrose Environmental Sustainability Award for the Fresh Produce sector. I was given the trophy on stage by Rob Collins, the Waitrose MD, and it's great to know that our environmental work has been recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.

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Artjoms Prize Pumpkin

by Paul Southall on 3rd November 2017
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Congratulations to Alex and Galina's son Artjoms. He won his school's prize for the best decorated pumpkin!

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Donald Trumpkin

by Paul Southall on 30th October 2017
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Nina Das Gupta from BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio called in at Norchard to tell the listeners about our pumpkin operation. While she was here Anna helped her to carve one of our Monster pumpkins. The result may not compete with the Presidents on Mount Rushmore but take a close look at the pic and see if there is bit of the present incumbent looking back at you. At the very least the hair and skin colour are spot on!

The Trumpkin

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