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January 14, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

What’s been going on this week at Apley

In Season - January

Life on the Apley Estate is diverse – here’s a snapshot of some of what’s been going on this week so far:

Rebecca has sent me this lovely poster of January seasonal fruit & vegetables, so look out for our in store recipes to cook with these seasonal vegetables. She & our new manager Tina have been planning Valentine’s Day & our photography competition.

On the farm, Adrian & his team have been cleaning out cattle sheds, vaccinating the cows against clostridial diseases & hedgecutting.

Head Gardener Phil has submitted his production figures from Apley Walled Garden for 2014 & the Harvest Plan for 2015. He & our head chef Martin look at the latter together to ensure Phil is growing what Martin needs & Martin ensures Phil knows his recipe ideas. Phil & I have also finalised details of gardening courses to be held in the Walled Garden this year, for the first time in its history.

I’ve been working on a marketing presentation, extending our digital advertising & chatting with someone who can kindly help with our film making, in conjunction with AgWa Media. We’ve had a few technical hitches getting AgWa Media’s films running on our new in-store televisions, but that’s nearly solved.

I’ve also been trying to finish a contribution to an article for the Speciality Food Magazine. Several press releases remain nearly finished, one being about milk being cheaper than water (having chatted with our most local dairy farmer) & others being about our 4th anniversary (we opened 31 March 2011), our volunteer photographer, Farmhouse Breakfast week (25-31 Jan) & Valentine’s Day.

The Estate Office have settled into their new building – the Old School in Norton. With our land agent Graeme, Gavin & I have been discussing some house renovations (there are always several building & renovation projects on the go). Newly completed, some businesses are moving into newly renovated buildings at Astol Farm, across the fields from the Farm Shop.

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