Friday, 5 September 2014

Knapweed (Centaurea)

Knapweed (Centaurea)
The Foragers farm is situated on an old wildflower meadow. Because biodiversity is paramount to the success of our culinary herb crops, we are protecting and further establishing the diverse flora and fauna found here. One of our favourites is Knapweed (Centaurea). It looks like a thistle and is most loved by pollinating insects, especially bees, flies, butterflies and beetles. The seed heads attract goldfinches and other seed-feeding birds. Anyone can grow this from seed at anytime of the year. Great for any garden.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Polytunnels Erected

The team from Premier Polytunnels were up this week to erect our two 30 x 60ft tunnels.  We are delighted with them.  Next challenge will be building raised beds and sorting out irrigation.





Sunday, 25 May 2014

Mobile homes arrive on site

Following completion of the barn and connection of the services, the next stage is delivery of our mobile homes.  In order to establish and operate Foragers effectively it's imperative that we live on site, so the McAlpine family is all set to downsize and move to Wester Balfunning Farm very soon.  A great opportunity to get rid of all the accumulated and often unnecessary junk we have gathered over the years.  A few trips to charity shops and recycling centres will be required I think.

I really hope that gate's wide enough!  (watch this video to find out)

Well done McCallum's Caravans - great job!

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Water, Gas and Electricity

It’s been a hectic few weeks on site with all the main services now connected.  Some utility companies do generate excessive red tape though!

Traffic management for water connection.
Digging up the road to access the water main.
Domestic and commercial water supply
"The boys from the black stuff"  get the road repaired

LPG supply to mobile homes
Gas pipes pressure testing

Cable arrives for electric supply
Splicing the electricity cable
Connecting the electricity cable

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Barn complete

Our barn is now complete.  The floor will never be this tidy again.

Some of the hard working team from Robinsons.  Thanks Artur and Rastick!
Newly laid topsoil over area where polytunnels will be erected July/August
Inside looking towards roller shutter
Inside looking towards dividing wall to cider house

What will be the cider house

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Almost wind and water tight

Our barn is nearing completion.  Concrete floor, castle boarding and doors installed this week by Robinsons Scotland Ltd.

Timber cladding and doors being installed

The concrete floor being poured

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Help were stuck!

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It took two tractors to pull this heavy JCB tele-handler out of the soft stuff. Thanks to our neighbours Gordon and Malcolm for coming to the rescue at very short notice.