The Trill Farm Winter Beauty Gift Set

2 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

If you were to have only two products on your shelf what would they be?

Years of formulating, planning, growing, macerating and developing and we have come up with two minimal, no messing, all-you-need products.

After 36 years of developing natural beauty products both at Neal’s Yard Remedies and here at Trill, we’ve come up with two simple products based on what we grow on the land at the farm. In a market where so many mainstream beauty products are complex and confusing we set out to create a minimal range which is honest, healthy and effective.

Rosehip Facial Oil

A blend of rosehip and borage oils combined with calendula flower extract, rose absolute and lavender essential oils create a fragrant face oil to protect and nurture the skin.

Silver Birch Body Oil

Silver birch bark macerated in organic sunflower oil creates a restorative, luxurious body oil that is nourishing for the skin.

Bay Scented Candle

Unique ceramic pots, thrown and fired by Bryony in in the Trill Farm pottery contain a blend of vegetable wax and our very own beeswax gathered from the beehives. The candle has a spicy warm fragrance of bay leaves.

The Trill Farm Winter Beauty Gift Set is available as a stand-alone product from our online shop or as part of our Winter Hamper.

Inside the Winter Hamper: The Trill Farm Herb Garden

1 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

Trill Farm Winter Tea

We made a plan, planted the seeds, tended the plants, harvested, macerated and dried the herbs ready to be used in a range of botanical products. This year has been a good year. Our herb garden has been beautiful and bountiful, from the beds of yarrow and meadowsweet to blue mallow and marigolds, we pick our herbs, choosing the best for the herb dryer.

Trill teas are seasonal. An easy word to use, but we mean it. Each herb we use in the winter tea, is blended to support the body’s ability to protect itself against colds and flu when the warmth of the sun is absent. Watch as the herbs unfold when boiling water is added. A delicious tea to soothe, delight and nourish. It contains bay leaves, hawthorn tops and berries, mulberries, dried apples, mallow flowers and leaves and rosehips.

The Trill Farm Herb Garden is one of the many businesses at Trill Farm. The garden is tended by Bryony and a changing group of willing and wonderful volunteers. We run a volunteer day every Wednesday if you’d like to brush up on your gardening skills and learn about the herbs we grow.

Trill Farm Winter Tea is part of our Winter Hamper, available now to pre-order from our our online shop.

Inside the Winter Hamper: Trill Tomato Seeds

3 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

Trill Tomato Seeds are part of the Trill Winter Hamper

Ash and Kate run the Trill Farm Garden. They have a 2.5 acre plot at Trill Farm where they grow salad and vegetables. They harvest around three tonnes of salad a year, growing over 80 different varieties of leaf and flower for the mix. The tomato seeds in our Winter Hamper were selected from the plants at Trill Farm. Here’s a few words from Ash...

Tomatoes

Being growers, and myself a son of growers, tomatoes have always been a luxury to us only available in the summer months. This is rather unusual in an age where everything is accessible to us whenever we want it, including tomatoes in the depths of winter. They are a true symbol of summer and something we always look forward to, from sowing the seed in February, to pricking out the plants in March and planting them in April. As the plants grow and we handle them more, the smell is very evocative, and takes me back to being a child and walking through the large glasshouses of tomatoes that my parents grew.

Tomatoes are also one of those crops that vary greatly in flavour, shape and colour and there are still a huge number of different varieties available to grow. However, some are becoming rarer, and since hybridisation of seed in the early part of the 20th century they have succumbed to the fate of many other seed varieties which are not seen to be commercial varieties and therefore not worth registering and saving. This is where small growers who are interested in diversity can step in and keep some of these old varieties alive by selecting the best plants each year and saving seed from them. Diversity is key to resilience as a grower, and the more different crops that we can grow and different varieties within those crops, the greater our resilience is to failures caused by weather, pests and diseases.

The seeds in the winter hamper have been selected from plants at Trill Farm.

Trill Farm Winter hamper is now available to pre-order from our online shop.

Inside the Winter Hamper: Trill Winter Soap

5 Nov 2017 | 0 comments

We make soap because it’s something we all need.

Our soap making business was set up at Trill eight years ago. When Romy sold Neal’s Yard Remedies to establish an organic educational centre at Trill Farm the soap business moved with her. This was an opportunity, not just to make money to contribute to the costs of the farm, but also to create an educational model; a soap business is an excellent example of a responsible small enterprise that provides training for people all over the world interested in creating a small simple business.

Today the soap workshop runs classes in soap making as well as making good use of the botanical ingredients cultivated in our herb gardens and growing wild in our fields and hedgerows. We harness the properties of these natural ingredients by infusing them in oils and alcohols, which are then used as ingredients in our creams, balms, soaps and body oils. Our workshop has recently been through a period of change and we’ve just taken on a new soap maker called Alex, so the future is looking good.

Our Winter Soap includes ingredients from the herb garden:

Nettle: Harvested in spring and early summer, the properties of the nettles are extracted into sunflower oil through gentle heating. Nettles are very versatile, and great for the skin and hair.

Comfrey: Harvested in the summer, this is dried before macerating in sunflower oil over gentle heat. It’s a herb that traditionally helps with stiffness and muscular problems. It also gives the soap it’s great green colour.

A little bit of history

When Romy created Neal’s Yard Remedies in 1981 (36 years ago!) she wanted everything to be as natural and health-giving as possible, but when it came to making soaps this was a tricky one. With a house in France surrounded by olive groves and lavender bushes, it seemed mad to ship all the oils back to the UK to turn into soap. With disappearing employment in the foothills of the Larzac, Romy asked two local young women to make soap for Neal’s Yard Remedies. After an awful lot of trials, the lavender soap was born, shipped to London and distributed across the country.

The Winter Soap is part of our Winter Hamper, available now to pre-order from our our online shop.

Celebrating the Best of Trill Farm

5 Oct 2017 | 0 comments

Trill Farm Winter Hamper

With the changing seasons we never quite know what to expect, but one thing for sure is that we are preparing our most wonderful hamper yet.

Trill Farm is home to a group of producers who work together with a mutual respect for each other and the land. We are creating a community by encouraging diversity - in the land, the wildlife and agriculture, the people and the activities. It is our future that we want to share, and our products aim to reflect this.

There are seven weeks to go and counting. Some products are still in the ground, some are already made, some are being crafted and some are still being formulated. This is how it works at Trill Farm - the plan is set but nature dictates much of the process. We only create a limited number of boxes because we believe this is how we get the best quality from our land.

Our farmers and craftspeople are here because we share the same values. We grow, harvest, forage, design, craft, cook and create within the growing capacity of the fields, hedgerows and woods. What the land provides each season determines what is made. Each product reflects the coming together of our enterprises; using their skills and passions, and the produce from our beautiful land to create a unique gift.

After some careful thought and a lot of consultation the hamper will contain the following products.

  • Winter soap - made by Rich in the Trill Soap workshop
  • Nourishing facial oil - made by Trill Farm herbs
  • Winter body oil - made by Trill Farm herbs
  • Winter tea - made by Trill Farm herbs
  • Hedgerow mixer - made by Daphne Lambert
  • Chocolate covered plums - made by Daphne Lambert
  • Blackberry, fig, port & thyme preserve - made by Daphne Lambert
  • Fennel & sea salt crackers - made by Chris The Old Dairy Kitchen
  • Wooden cheese board - crafted by Ruth in the Wood Workshop
  • Tomato seeds - grown by Ash and Kate in Trill Farm Garden
  • Ceramic pot with bay scented candle - ceramics made by Graham Newing and Romy Fraser, filled with Trill beeswax blended into beautiful candles by Sandie
  • Four botanical cocktail recipe cards - recipes by Daphne Lambert and Illustrations by Louise Throp

Over the coming weeks we’re going to share a little about the life of the products before they leave the farm, the people who make them, the skills they have and the challenges they face.

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