Finally the tractor has returned. It’s been out of action for a few months and we’ve been filling in with Peter’s Ferguson 35 which has been doing great work for us, but it’s always good to have our own machine back. Tony Wright, the tractor genius who, legend has it was born on a Massey Ferguson 35 and whose first words allegedly were ‘the valves need grinding down’, has had it in his workshop and now we’re rolling again.
We’ve had some other very good news this week too.
Trafford council, our esteemed landlord, has allowed us a temporary licence to sell surplus produce from site. We are very happy about this and have been looking into it/lobbying the council for about a year now. We’d like to thank local councillor Jane Baugh for her support in this as we definitely would not have been able to do it without her help. Councillor Baugh, at Open Farm Sunday last year, and along with many more neighbours who were very disappointed that they couldn’t pop in and buy some veg, decided to help out and do something about this.
We had previously approached the council about selling surplus veg but they refused on the grounds that there may be traffic issues as we may not have adequate parking facilities on site. The case was put forward by cllr Baugh that our neighbouring corner shops (one of which has since shut down) do not incur such problems and we’re making sure that we are attracting people who are within walking distance of our site. Thankfully we have a large suburban population right on our doorstep, so we’ll start by flyering the houses in the streets immediately close to us.
Also, we’d like to officially welcome Maddie to Glebelands. Maddie has been wwoof-ing (in England) for the past few months and will be working with us full time for summer/autumn. She’s already coming up with exciting plantraising and marketing ideas, and only 2 weeks into the job! She’s also designing the flyer for the ‘shop’ and we plan to launch in a fortnight or so. We’re going to go with ‘market stall’ rather than shop as our licence will only allow us to sell produce from site. We can’t wait to get this operational.
Meanwhile we’re getting a solid planting plan together for Stockport, doing and reviewing our cashflow forecasting just to see how the new site is going to fit in financially with Glebelands. The next job is to finish clearing the new tunnels, drive the tractor down there and do some subsoiling. Plenty to keep us busy.
We’ll get some photos on this blog soon!