Did you know this week is World Worm Week?

worms in handAnd Go Local Food likes worms. In fact we are planning for a mega increase in our worm population through the use of hot compost and reduced soil compaction that comes when we use tractors and other machinery.

Having said that, the area of the field that was ploughed at the weekend is supporting a good crop of worms as you can see here.

Find out more about World Worm Week and take part in the survey… http://www.wormscience.org

Our hot composting system

clearing compostReally good news – our planning application for building compost bays has been accepted – which means we are one step closer to producing the large pile of compost that we need to spread on our hot composting no dig plots and get the worms working hard to produce great veg.

Our members who have visited the Go Local Food fields will have seen the patch that has been cleared ready for building. However our builder is off lambing at the moment, so work will begin in earnest once the lambs have arrived!

Naming our project

compost mattersUntil we find extra land and develop our community farm, we need to be growing as efficiently and effectively as we can to feed our growing membership whilst looking after our volunteers. And so we have devised a trial project which we are setting up on the middle field, turning beds into no-dig plots. The plots are 75 cm wide, and divided by wood chip paths.

So far we have so far referred to our new growing trial using in the negative – No-Till (and we don’t use the word ‘Till’ much these days) or No-Dig (as we prepare the plots we not sure our work shares would be agreeing with that!).

We wanted something positive, and it’s quite a complicated project to sum up in a single title. However we have a new title. A very long list was produced, reduced and members voted for: Some like it HOT! #compostmatters

We even have a temporary logo, hoping for something more creative perhaps when our designer gets to work.

Hot Compost Bed Preparation

Preparing no dig bedsUp at the Go Local Food fields we are busily doing bed preparation for the day when we can start to use the hot compost from our proposed new composting system. We hope that this will allow us to have to undertake far less digging in the future as well as helping us to control the weeds more effectively as explained in this post back in November.

Our work shares, and particularly William, have been hard at work creating new beds with appropriate paths in between them to be used with this new system. The present cold compost that we have available is being added for now. As you can see – the onions are growing apace in the bed allocated to them. Let’s hope that the high winds associated with Storm Erik didn’t put the removed and unsecured covers when the pictures were taken into the nearest hedge.

We are just waiting for the planning permission required before we can erect the planned new compost bays that will allow us to institute the full planned hot composting system. Ian our grower has been clearing the ground for the contractor to start work as soon as we have the planning permission.