The vineyard is a labour of love and we have yet to harvest any grapes. We should be harvesting our first bunches in the late summer/autumn and magically turn them into bottles of organic wine. The vineyard is looking to become bio dynamic using various herbal preparations and return to the old ways by employing a draught horse for ploughing and farm labour. I am sure he will become a valued member of the team.
There is so much happening in and around the farm land. A new forest is going to be planted and we are going to get a cow and use her manure for bio dynamic preparations. Students still come to the farm and look after the animals as part of their training purposes. They get to handle a wide variety of animals such as rare breed pigs, sheep, horses, ducks, geese, chickens etc.
Today I did some voluntary work in the market garden. I planted over 1000 seeds so hopefully some will crop up! We are growing vegetables for an organic box scheme and if it takes off we could be supplying local businesses and restaurants. There is so much going on I feel I could burst with happiness! I truly have found my vocation working with lovely like minded people, doing varied, challenging and changing work, surrounded by nature; plants and animals.
Thank you to everybody who recommended that I try volunteering. You have changed my life in a most positive way.