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Edward

by Paul Southall on 4th May 2018
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Edward Jones, employed at the farm for over 30 years, at the end of another busy week working for Southalls of Norchard. The cherry trees are in full blossom and have freshly painted trunks to keep the bugs at bay. Our Eastern European workers staying on the farm will be firing up the BBQs over the Bank Holiday weekend and will make use of the freshly mown football pitch.

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Courgette Planting

by Paul Southall on 4th May 2018
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A few dry days and the farm team get cracking on planting courgettes. The plants have been grown for us by a local nurserey and post-planting we will cover them in low cloches. The plan is to start cutting by mid-June.  Courgettes are a great substitute for pasta when spiralised and increased sales have been the result.

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Asparagus Crowns

by Paul Southall on 30th March 2018
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It's Good Friday and we are using a few dry hours to plant some nice Gijnlim asparagus crowns that arrived a couple of days ago from Holland. We intend to harvest these for the first time in 2 years time so we are investing for the future!

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Kennels’ Broads

by Paul Southall on 20th March 2018
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I was checking the young Broad Beans in the Kennels Field today and picked up 7 golf balls that had caught the Beast from the East wind from the 16th at the nearby Ombersley Golf Course. Thought the view from the gateway deserved a pic.

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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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