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Newsletter September 2021

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Mantel Farm Newsletter - September 2021

A really - rural 'crafty' summer

July and August have been really busy with lots of courses at the farm...

It has been amazing seeing all the lovely crafts made on our workshops, including bath-bombs, honey-mead, baskets and trugs, we have also had a lot of fun watching the bumbebees being caught in our new bee garden to identify and help them and the beesuits being popped on for a closer look in our honey bee hives (you can also take a look inside our hives from the comfort of your armchair by watching our youtube videos). 

 

Living a simple life and making the most of the resources and nature around us is becoming ever more important as we learn more and more about the effects of climate change around the world and in our every-day lives.  Sometimes the speed in which things change can be little overwhelming but its often the little things we do that can make the most difference, and as our courses and chicken keeping prove every day - little steps towards a self-sufficient and resourceful life can bring a lot of fun and reward along the way. 

 

There are also a lot of organisations around us that are making a big difference in little ways; we are lucky here to be near a village with a monthly market supporting local makers, a horticultural society helping people grow their gardens, an environment group looking after the verges and meadows and a village council and climate group working to become carbon-neutral.  Unfortunately at times we also have to rely on the larger 0rganisations in some way and we are all seeing price increases to our utility bills! - some energy providers are better than than others when it comes to the environment but all bills seem to be going up! so I wanted to introduce Energise Sussex Coast a great local organisation that is working hard to help people to be as energy efficient as possible and also installing community energy projects in our area - more info below....  

 

With our best wishes from Kerry, Jason and all at Mantel Farm.

 

 
Quail for sale..

Jason introduces our Quail...

See our new video clip...   

We have just a few quail left in our last flock for 2021, so if you are considering keeping these little birds why not have a watch and see if they are for you?...

Standard hens golden hens, and cock birds for sale
£12 each, call into the shop or place an order on our website.

 
 
follow us on facebook...

Events in September...

Bexhill Manor Barn Autumn Fair: 5th Sept

A fabulous outdoor autumn market at the beautiful Manor Barn in Bexhill. Craft stalls, treats, music and entertainment, plus so much more, its a Market not to be missed.  Supporting Demelza Hospice for Children

The Clean Earth Show, Azur Hastings; 19th Sept: Save Money, Save Energy, Save the Earth!  Come along and learn how you can help make a difference for our future generations with Local Eco companies, Workshops, Composting, Recycling, Vintage, Solar, Beauty, Renewable
and so much more...

 

Pleae pop in and say hello at thsese shows, more details will be available soon on our facebook page 

 
Asian Hornet...

Asian Hornet Awareness Week...

6th - 10th September 2021...

The British Beekeeping Association are asking everyone to be vigilant in looking out for this species; the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina.  This hornet could decimate pollinators including our honey bees, so to help everyone to actively look for it they are asking you follow the BBKA on social media and share the Asian hornet week posts.
 
You can find more info on the BBKA website and pick up a leaflet in our shop to help with identification.
 
If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should take a picture and report this using the 'Asian Hornet Watch' app. 
 
eventbrite booking...
 Autumn Show...

2 more local events for September...

 

9th September: Woodland Gathering in the Powdermill Wood Catsfield...

A chance to meet other green-minded people, go on an expert guided walk and enjoy some food round an open fire.

2pm - Learn how Powdermill Wood is sustainably managed, with forester Richard Cope.
4pm - Gather and eat at the hut in the woods

Bring your own mug, bowl, spoon, torch if staying after dark, something to sit on.  Parking at the wood. 30 min walk from Battle Abbey or join a group walk from Hastings.
hello@energisesussexcoast.co.uk

 

18th September:  Crowhurst & Distrct Horticultural Society's Autumn Show...

As part of this show all beekeepers are invited to enter the Honey classes, which will be held at Crowhurst Village Hall, Forewood Lane, Crowhurst TN33 9AJ on Saturday September 18th.  There are several classes, including liquid honey, naturally set honey, soft-set honey, cut comb, wax blocks, candles, honey, soap and for enthusiastic chefs, honey biscuits.  Full details, including entry forms can be found on their website 

 
Book now...

Willow Basket Making Weekend...

16th & 17th October with John Waller...

Join us for a practical, hands-on, weekend of learning willow weaving and basket making skills.  You will complete a round basket with a strong handle suitable for collecting your eggs, fruit or even a trip to the shops.  This workshop is suitable for beninners or those with some weaving experience.  There will be a chance to learn about willow growing, harvesting, and preparation.
 
 
Energise Sussex Coast...

Energise Sussex Coast...

We have two local Community Energy Co-operatives in our area. Energise Sussex Coast and its sister Co-op Energise South. Community Energy puts people at the heart of the transition to zero carbon. Energise South have installed community owned solar on 8 buildings in Hastings, including 5 schools. The panels are paid for by community investors who receive a 5%return on their investment. The site benefits from cheaper, ultra green electricity and any excess made by the site goes into a Community Benefit fund to support fuel poverty and environmental projects.

 

Energise Sussex Coast runs an energy advice service supporting residents to save money on their bills and to make their homes more energy efficient. It also helps people who have issues with their suppliers, energy debts or who would like to access funding for home energy improvements. The service is available free to any residents in East Sussex. You can have a telephone or in person appointment. To book your appointment email kate@energisesussexcoast.co.uk

or text/ phone 01424 390 062

 
 
Follow the progress in our hives...
Read more from Amanda...

Notes from our Apiary...

For videos on what we've been getting up to, visit our YouTube channel...

Things dont quite go to plan with our queen cell but we do have a 'plan B'.  First we look at the WBC to see if feeding has encouraged the queen to lay more eggs and draw comb..

  

Amandas Beekeeping notes ...

The weather in the early part of June was ideal for queen mating.  My puzzle cluster now has brood...

So much for the honey harvest. Mine was half what I harvested the previous year. Taking it off in early August in what was a rather unsettled rainy period I found even frames which were 80% capped had a moisture content in the order of 19%. Above 19% there is a strong chance the honey will ferment after a bit, so I was forced to dehydrate it...

 

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