For as long as I can remember, I have been following and embracing the principles behind a Japanese philosophy known as ‘wabi-sabi’. It is a concept that’s hard to define precisely but at its core is a celebration of the beauty in the imperfect.
Planting trees in hen fields may sound like a strange thing to do but it’s the first important step in our latest undertaking on the farm – our agroforestry project. Agroforestry is a means of managing combinations of trees, crops and livestock so that not only do you get better results from your crops; above all, and as was my main intention in launching this project – you enhance the welfare of your animals.
From the food on our plates, to the clothes we wear and the air that we breathe, nature is all around us. Yet today’s fast-paced world of technology and machinery has distanced us from the earth’s resources. Many of us have disconnected ourselves from nature and we quickly forget all that it provides and the miracles it performs every day.
A year on a farm is marked by milestones – the appearance of the first spring shoots, the cows going out to pasture, the harvesting of the orchard’s apples and the bright autumn berries bursting out of the hedgerows. But one of the most joyful times for me and one I look forward to every year is lambing season. It’s a very busy time on a farm as we welcome the abundance of new life.