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Newsletter January 2022

Mantel Farm is a family run garden farming business located in the heart of the East Sussex countryside
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Happy New Year 

from Mantel Farm 

January is that funny time of year, with the mixed emotions of planning things new and also realising that some of those resolutions just didn't even make the end of January!  So this year at Mantel Farm we want to simply try to take more time to appreciate and enjoy the things around us as it is all too easy to rush from one thing to another and not take the time to stop and enjoy it...  

 

This week Josh and Roger will be back in the Apiary to check on the bees so if you are a keen beekeeper or just wanting to know what goes on in a beehive; why not watch our weekly videos on YouTube.  We have also captured a few videos of the hens and we are planning more clips of the farm throughout the year.  Tracy is still popping updates on our FacebookInstagram and Google pages so please have a look, share, like, comment and leave a review as it is so important to our business.

 

This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch so we will be spending a quiet hour counting the wild birds in our garden with a cup of tea in hand! (a nice change from the chaos of counting chickens in the barn!).  Our chickens are of course still locked inside due to the Avian Influenza Housing Requirements across the country and with over 65 cases now recorded in the UK it is so important that we all continue to follow strict biosecurity measures to try to limit the spread of this virus.  Dont forget also when feeding the wild birds in your garden, not to encourage them near to your chicken pens, regularly clean all garden feeders with a mild disinfectant and regularly remove any old food.

 

Our shop is now open as usual on a Friday and Sunday from 10am till 4pm and our first flocks of Hybrids and Pekins will be arriving in the next couple of weeks.  Our training courses begin again in Feb with courses then running most weekends covering everything from Bumblebee Identification to Trug Making; Chicken Chatters to Willow Weaving.

 

And our exciting news for the start of 2022....We are so pleased to welcome Mollie to Mantel Farm with her holistics business...  Some of you may have met Mollie already on our Bath-Bomb workshops, or enjoyed her hand-made soaps for sale in our shop and on our website, but soon Mollie will be on hand here with 'Mollie Florence Holistics' operating from her new Shepherds-hut located in our Bee-Garden (see her Reel on Instagram).  Mollie (our niece) is a qualified member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and has been practicing Aromatherapy and Body Massage for a number of years now so having her own space will enable her grow her business and offer holistic therapy sessions from the calm of the countryside.

 

With our best wishes for 2022

from Kerry, Jason and all at Mantel Farm.

 

 
2022 Courses...

Book now for our 2022 Courses ...

A great way to spend a day or two learning a new skill...

Learn how to power your shed using solar energy, make a beehive, keep chickens, become a beekeeper, identify the bumblebees in your garden, make bath bombs, a willow basket or a traditional Sussex Trug...
 
 

Sign the Petition..

Please sign this petition to help our bees from deadly pesticides...

Bee-killing neonicotinoids have been banned across Europe since 2013, but the UK government has just approved these deadly chemicals for emergency use - posing a lethal threat to bee populations

Please sign the Greenpeace petition to the Secretary of State for Environment to enforce a total ban on bee-killing pesticides.

 

Name the hens..

Help us name Gerald's Girls...

Gerald's two Brahma hens don't have names!...

We are looking for help to name Gerald's two hens, please add your suggestions to our Facebook post.
 

 

 
Book now...

Beekeeping Improvers Day...

JANUARY SALE - SAVE £30pp...   

Join Oliver St.John for a great day covering the key topics of beekeeping, giving a chance to meet up with beekeepers at a similar stage to yourself, ask any questions you have and share experiences you have had so far.

 This course is aimed at beekeepers in their first or second season and also provides a good understanding for those wanting to take the BBKA Basic Assessment.

 

Watch our video..

Keeping your chickens happy...

Watch our You-Tube video...

 

Boredom Busters - With chickens still in their own lock-down, Josh has put together a few tips to help keep them happy and healthy

 

 
Watch our video...

Oxalic Acid - a Winter Treatment?...

Watch Master Beekeeper Mike Cullen discussing this method of treating for Varroa...

Josh joins Mike for his final oxalic acid vaping treatment of his own hives using a fogger. Mike tells us about how he has come to find this treatment and why he favours it over the other methods he has tried and tested.

 

Amandas Notes...

Amandas Beekeeping Notes...

I watched a National Honey Show video recently, Reading the Hive, by Kirsten Traynor of 2 million blossoms.

Often Americans do things in a different way to us and their timing is different...

 

 

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