This summer is a bit different to most. I am somewhat focussed on the future of Trill Farm, hoping to find a wonderful group of people or person to take over the farm to develop its educational aims in 2020.

So alongside the usual summer visitors, campsite users and busy courses, I am wondering if shearing the sheep will be for my last time. I’m looking at the explosion of growth in the hedgerows and feeling nostalgic about the fields of barley. 

Despite it all, it is going well here. Mariel is a strong influence in the office, holding it all together, Jane is keeping the accounts in order, Jonathan and Steve keep the ponds beautiful and the paths and labyrinth for us to enjoy. Alexandra is making some of the last batches of our lovely soap (get your orders in as it maybe for the last time, unless you feel like taking it over?) Fiona has performed a miracle in the herb garden; it is as good as it ever has been, so we are still making tinctures, macerates and our teas. 

The Trill Farm enterprises continue to grow stronger by the week. Chris is making delicious lunches now on Sundays, Ash and Kate are widely renowned for their salads and vegetables, Thomas is getting ready to launch his mead made from honey and we have Ali (winner of the South West maker award) about to move in to the pottery and start teaching here. Hopefully we have new carpenter ready to start a whole range of exciting courses.

I have always felt that the transition times are important. Not just from one season to another, or moving from one place to another, but the bigger ones too. I don’t necessarily think of the political games going on, but real changes; the growing awareness of the waste we don’t know what to do with and the move towards cleaner energy generation. I believe things are going to change. And I‘m getting hopeful.

Do get in touch if you would like to be part of taking Trill Farm forward. 

- Romy