Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Year of Food and Farming and Big Draw


What an exciting weekend! Fordhall were invited to take part in the launch of the Year of Food and Farming in Shrewsbury Square, organised by the Shropshire Rural Hub. There was liots of demonstrations going on, including sausage making and wheat grinding. The Fordhall team was cooking and selling meat and hosting an art and craft stall for young people to join in with. The theme was 'What would you miss if there were no farms?' which sparked off many intereting conversations throughout the day.
A huge thanks must go out to all the volunteers who not only helped on the day, but made some of the lovely materials we had to work with. Hidden in the photo on the right not only Alec, but also a tree which young people decorated with things they loved about nature - butterflies were the most popular with the girls!
Another thanks, needs to go to the sustainability department at Shropshire County Council who not only organised lots of art materials for us to use, but also generously donated them to the farm after the event, including paint and glitter!
We look forward to working with them again in the future.
And now, for the sadder news - the Big Draw and Farmers Market on Oct 14th has been CANCELLED due to the continual risk of Foot and Mouth. It was a difficult decision to make, especially following a rollercoaster summer of cancelled events, but we feel the risk is too great. We are very sorry for any confusion. The Nature Trail remains closed until further notice but the Farm Shop is still buzzing Wed, Fri, Sat and Sun 11-4 if you are passing.
Please think of all your local farmers and related industries in these difficult times.
From all at Fordhall x

4 comments:

Wendy said...

I've just finished the book, it was great. It was the first time I haev finsihed a book that quickly since teh children were born 3 adn 1/2 years ago!

Dilys Beynon said...

Fully support what you are doing.
Sorry you have had to cancel events this summer but you are doing the responsible thing
Dilys Beynon
Stoke on Trent

Dilys Beynon said...

fully support you in what you are doing
Sory you have had to cancel certain summer events but you are doing the responsible thing
Dilys Beynon
Stoke on Trent

Anonymous said...

To all at Fordhall Farm,
Many of us in the city do think of you in the countryside with all the extra problems brought on
by weather, disease and lack of support from government etc.
That is why it is so good that you at Fordhall do what you do and make links with us so we have some way of showing our support - for you at Fordhall and indirectly for all the people who are actually providing the rest of us with food.
I hope that it is not too hard for you and also that you allow yourselves some rest! Reading the newsletter it sounds as if you never stop working...
Good luck for the winter and for all your projects.
In solidarity.
Best wishes, Frances
(inner city London)