2022, an up and down kind of time

Well as we come to the end of 2022 a lot has happened on the farm, so much that I have not been able to keep up with this year but here are the key moments!

In January we moved permanently up to the farm and February of this year we were badly flooded, we were without power and electricity for a while and unfortunately we lost our ginger crop for this year.

We began by renovating the house with Simon doing a lot of the demo before we got tilers and plasterers, electricians and plumber to fit it out, but it was worth the disruption, all through the rain and the cold the house kept us warm and dry.

Over the course of a couple of weeks we had over a meter of rain and our normally dry winter became wet, soggy and cold.

We worked hard to repair the damage but the crops were lost, rotting in the fields but reinforcements visited after the long Covid break and we moved to higher ground to plant the garlic for this year.

We also moved the new crop of ginger higher up and Simon put in a permanent irrigation pipe to make it easier to water. So now our ginger is beginning to grow as we reach the beginning of December and the rare turmeric and aromatics are starting to thrive as the heat and the humidity rises.

So it has been a roller coaster of a year for us all but, as farmers you have to be optimists, planning and planting for this year and next, harvesting the garlic, drying it, getting ready to plait it for sale and hopefully beginning our organic certification journey at the beginning of next year. The upside of all the rain is a beautiful green and thriving landscape as the land is regenerated which we will treasure in the dry years ahead.

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