Lynbreck Croft 2018: The Movie

Last year, we had a short film made to introduce us, our croft and what we are about.

This year, we decided to do the same again and would like to share it with you. It gives a glimpse into our every day life, working with our animals and our environment to build soil, enhance biodiversity and produce food. We hope you enjoy it and feel free to share the link with anyone else you think might be interested.

Our film was made by the wonderful Julia Fayngruen http://www.juliafayngruen.com/

Thanks for all your support

Lynn and Sandra

 

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Egg Club

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We’re delighted and excited to launch our latest venture called Egg Club

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Egg Club? What’s that?

Egg club is a community supported agriculture service run by Lynbreck Croft whereby we sell our eggs to customers directly – from our croft to your belly.

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Our girls, known as the Ladies Who Lay, spend their time free ranging through our grasslands and hedgerows. We only feed our girls certified organic pellets and grain and they spend the majority of their day snacking on grasses and insects (and anything else they can get their beaks around) from land which is free from pesticides, herbicides and any other artificial stuff or interference. When they aren’t eating or scratching around, they can be found dust bathing or snoozing in the shade. We don’t routinely administer antibiotics and we believe our animal welfare levels to be exceptional.

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Hmmm, how’s it work?

We are inviting local folks to sign up to a subscription service for our eggs, beginning September 2018. We will be doing weekly deliveries to both Grantown and Tomintoul and we can either drop the eggs at your house (you don’t need to be in as long as there is somewhere we can leave them for you safely where hungry egg thiefs won’t find them) or meet you at one of our central town collection points.

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I’m interested, what do I do now?

Brill. Do one of the following and we’ll get you all the juicy detail

  1. Drop us an email to hello@lynbreckcroft.co.uk and we can send you some more info
  2. Check out our website www.lynbreckcroft.co.uk, go to Produce and select Eggs
  3. Give us a bell to 01479 870092 – if we don’t pick up, we’re probably out croftin’ so leave us a message and we’ll get back to you

Thanks for all your support to date

Lynn and Sandra

Chief Slaves to the Hens

Here come the flerd

Firstly, the length of time since the last blog post is shameful. Say no more. We think there’s good reason for that though. We always knew that coming in to Spring, the pace of life at Lynbreck was going to shift up a fair few gears.

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Well that has certainly happened, and then some. Without going into all the detail, it’s been a few months of hedge planting, fencing, building work and of course the arrival of our beasties – the flerd.

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A flerd is a mixed flock of sheep and herd of cattle. Our flerd comprises of 6 Highlanders and 5 Jacob sheep (so far). They live side by side and all come from local farms meaning that they are well used to our ever changing climate.

 

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Our hens are wannabe flerd members

 

In an effort to get the most out of our grassland for wildlife and for our animals, we are mob grazing. Every day we moo-ve our flerd onto fresh grass in an electric fenced paddock. They stay in there for 24 hours chomping, trampling, pooping, peeing, chewing, playing and snoozing and then with a simple ‘come on’ call, they skip into the next paddock,. We make sure they take some grass and leave some grass, but all the time their impact is improving and building soil. Grazed paddocks are given a long period of rest before the flerd hit them up again.

 

Grassland diversity

We want grasslands bursting with wildflowers and diversity

 

Mineral lick May 2018 RESIZED

We sprinkle wildflower seed into their mineral lick so they literally poop flowers!

 

 

Later in the summer they’ll venture out onto the flats where, free roaming, they’ll see the summer out amongst the heather before coming back in for another sweep of the fields until the depths of winter arrive once again.

 

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The flats. A wide open expanse perfect for a wild roaming flerd

 

These native breeds fit Lynbreck like a glove. They merrily munch in all weathers and their patience with their novice owners is humbling. They watch us daily as we scratch our heads trying to figure out paddock designs while getting entangled in, and even zapped by mobile electric fencing – we wonder what they must make of us.

 

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It’s not as if they don’t have their own mishaps. In the beginning when we had to supplement their daily feed with some hay, Flora had more issues with wearing hay than actually eating it!

 

We’re lucky to have them here, and, we’re pretty sure they like it too

21st Century Croft

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Over the last couple of months we’ve been interviewed by BBC Radio 4 for a programme called On Your Farm.

The programme called 21st Century croft will be aired this Sunday at 06:35am and should be full of us chatting about trees, bees, pigs, hens and cows and how they form part of our croft team where mother nature is the boss.

And for those of you who don’t want to miss out on a lie in, there’s always catch up on iPlayer

We’d be grateful for any shares around your networks and hope you can listen in!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zt495

 

The Crofter

We were delighted to be invited to write a short piece for the Scottish Crofting Federation magazine ‘The Crofter’. We’ve included a copy below which we hope you will enjoy.

We feel like proper crofters now…

 

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Trees for the Croft

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Last Saturday we were really chuffed to host our first course at Lynbreck – the first of many we hope.

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No missing us with this at the top of the track!

 

In partnership with the Woodland Trust and the Scottish Crofting Federation we welcomed a planting army of 16 people to our croft to talk about one of our favourite topics – trees.

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Our byre was transformed into a croft café

 

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And we were determined people would stay well fed for the day. In fact these goodies were made for us by one of our wonderful neighbours!

 

In the morning, Donnie kicked off the event with a great introduction to the basics of tree planting.

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Exciting to see our byre full of people!

 

Then after a little presentation by us, we all headed outside to see how it’s done.

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Rose (chief hen) insisted on helping….

 

After a cold morning in our new byre and an even chillier session in the field, hot soup and plenty of food and cake was just what was needed.

Full of fuel (and sugar!) our army took to the task in hand with impressive energy and vigour – just under 500 trees were planted in around 90minutes. That’s just over a tenth of the total of our new hedgerow to be planted so it was a massive boost to us.

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We really enjoyed the day and look forward to welcome more folks to the croft in future for learning, chatting and cake eating. Thanks so much to everyone who came.