Newsletter March 2019

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Mantel Farm Newsletter - March 2019

Keeping Chickens and learning new skills in unpredictable times



Last month I was talking about snow, and instead we had the warmest day on record!  All things do seem a little unpredictable at the moment!  


We have also had some changes here at Mantel Farm, hence the late newsletter!  Some of you may have met Andrew, who occasionally works in the shop but usually works away in the background on anything vaguely IT related, well Andrew has been away for some time now looking after his young family and has been unable to return to work, so we are all doing our best to cover his work and really hope he will be able to return soon.  This may mean your newsletter looks a little odd in places or a link sends you to a strange place, if this is so, please be patient - I am picking this up as best I can! (but do let me know and I will try to fix it).


We are also sad to say goodbye to Chris, who has left to follow his dream towards working with the emergency services.  Chris has worked here for many years now, initially on a part time basis - he then carried out a Sales Apprenticeship with us in 2013, and for the last few years has been looking after our shop and of course our customers.  I am sure many of you will have got to know Chris well over the last few years and join us in wishing him all the best in his new career. 


So, with lots planned for this year its thanks to Josh, Fred and Ernie for covering extra work and welcome to Tracy who is taking on our book-keeping and helping with our training courses, without them I would be saying we are running around like headless chickens, which really wouldnt be appropriate for our business!! 


This month in a spare moment(!?) Jason has written a chicken article for the Kitchen Garden Magazine, many of you already keep a few hens in your garden, but may still like to have a read as its a nice reminder of why we do it and whats involved. Links below (I hope!)








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Free 80g Mealworm tub with any 5kg feed

Treat your wild birds with this offer:

Our free mealworm offer has been really popular, so we have extended it this month to any 5kg bag purchased:

Buy in shop or on our website for delivery.








Amanda's March Beekeeping Notes

The bees also need a thought in a cold snap...

Apart from the usual things like making sure the entrance is clear of dead bees, the hives are still intact, dry and not blown over, hefting for stores is very important....






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Learn a Country Craft:

Learn all about the traditional skill of greenwwod working with experienced woodsman Richard Ely

Join us on this fun, practical, hands-on day introducing you to some of the basic tools and techniques of greenwood working.  You will enjoy cleaving, chopping and shaving greenwood, using a shavehorse and truning on a pole-lathe.  No previous knowledge or skill needed and during the day you will make several things to take home.

Next course:  Friday 5th April








Chicken Article in the Kitchen Garden Magazine

Chickens offer so much more than just eggs..

So why would anyone want to keep chickens in their back garden?  For most it will be the lure of 'home grown' fresh eggs; with a good diet and living space for your chickens, eggs really will have that 'never tasted so good' flavour.  The feeling and excitement for young and old alike on finding those first newly laid eggs.....






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Hybrid Hens

Our lovely hens are back in stock

Our February flock of hens flew out before we could blink! but we now have a lovley new flock of hybrid hens to choose from.  All breeds are currenltly available (excluding the Amber this month)  so if you are thinking of new birds then its a great time to choose from a great selection






For more information ring: Frances 830236 or Sonia 830349...


Crowhurst Litter Pick, Walk and Picnic

Join our local group caring for our environment:

Sat 6th April 10am - 2pm:  Spring Clean'  Take part in a litter pick in Fore Wood and around the village with RSPB wardens and the Crowhurst Environment Group.  Equipment provided.  Meet at the end of Forewood Rise by the Fore Wood.  With bacon butties available 11.30 in the village market.

Sat 13th April: Combe Haven Walk and Green Picnic 11-2pm:  Meet at the Rec Car Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy a walk on the marsh.  

For all events, please bring sturdy shoes and wet weather gear if raining.




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