I am so happy to announce the launch of an exciting new project at Bamford, which celebrates our love of natural materials, traditions and craftsmanship. Our Land to Craft competition invites artists and crafts people to apply for a six week artist-in-residence programme, during which time the winner will create six pieces inspired by nature and the Daylesford estate.
After the ‘hungry gap’ of late winter, the arrival of vibrant forced rhubarb brings welcome colour and tart flavours to our plates. For our Cookery School team, this means placing large bunches into their baskets during their daily trips to forage our organic Market Garden for their course ingredients.
This Spring, Rita shall be joining us at the farm for a special interior design workshop on Thursday 27th April. During the day Rita will guide you through a range of design aspects in the home, covering furniture layouts and mixing furniture and upholstery, followed by entertaining at home, buying china and glass, colour, wallpaper and picture hanging.
With winter almost behind us, we can begin to look forward to the joys of spring. Easter is a time of new life and there is no place quite like a farm to see this happen. New-born calves are taking their first tentative steps on spindly legs, our chicks are beginning to hatch from their protective eggs, and our lambing season is now upon us, bringing with it a harmony of tiny bleats to the farm.
Spring is the time for children to discover their green fingers and this March we are holding the perfect class for inquisitive young minds.
The Cheltenham Festival is one of the highlights of the National Hunt Season and an event that I look forward to every year. This year we shall be celebrating with a special preview evening at the farm, in the company of an expert panel of racing personalities including Telegraph racing columnist Charlie Brooks, trainers Jonjo O’Neill and Graeme McPherson and jockeys Aidan Coleman and Paddy Brennan.
In today’s throwaway culture, the subject of Food Waste has never been more important. On Monday 6th March our regular Daylesford Discusses evening will consider what can be done to help what is a wide spread global issues, with over 1.3 billion tons of food wasted globally each year.