Trill Farm Pop Ups

5 Apr 2020 | 0 comments

2020 has been a difficult year for everybody. The Trill Farm enterprises have had to change their business models to cope with coronavirus restrictions. Fortunately, they have risen to the challenge and are delivering their produce locally. This is continuing following the sale of Trill Farm.

Ash, Kate, Ellen and the trainees in Trill Farm Garden usually supply 3.5 tonnes of salad (plus a whole range of other seasonal organic vegetables) to local cafes and restaurants within 5-10 miles of the farm, but as all their usual buyers have had to close their doors, they rapidly changed both their cropping and business plans in March to distribute veg boxes locally. Their new veg box scheme had over 150 customers sign up in just 3 days, a testament to their incredibly high reputation and hard work. They have some additional capacity for local deliveries; please visit their website for more information.

The Old Dairy Kitchen usually caters for all the courses and events at the farm, as well as running weekly farm lunches, hosting feast nights and teaching cookery skills. With no visitors allowed to the farm, Chris, Anna and the ODK team are bringing the restaurant to local homes instead, offering meal deliveries and collections fortnightly on Fridays. As well as meals and feasts, they are selling high quality produce from our local farms and friends, including Haye Farm meat, Ash and Kate's salad and veg, Three Daughter's Dairy goats cheese, and fresh flowers from Meadowsweet Floristry. The produce available changes each week - visit their online pantry for more information and to order.

Thomas is still brewing his award-winning mead, and selling mead and mead courses online. Check out his website for more information.

Finally, our online farm shop is moving. We are still taking orders, which will be dispatched at the beginning of November, with orders then posted out once a week. We still have plenty of our handmade soaps available, so you can keep calm and keep washing your hands. Visit the shop here.

COVID-19 updates for May and June

5 Apr 2020 | 0 comments
Firstly, I hope this finds you all safe and well. As life continues under lockdown, we feel extraordinarily grateful to be surrounded by fields and woodlands. We have always known the power of time in nature for our health and wellbeing, but now it seems more valuable than ever.

As much as we would love to be able to share our bluebell woods, skipping lambs and delicious produce from the garden and kitchen with you in person, we are not currently allowed to, and furthermore, do not feel that it will be responsible to do so until at least the end of June.
Whilst there remain no cases of COVID-19 on the farm, we have a duty to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, tenants and farm businesses, as well as all of our customers and the wider community.

We are working hard with our brilliant tutors to reschedule all walks, talks and courses planned for May and June. We are continually reviewing the situation with regard to July, but hope to have the farm fully open again from August. If you are booked on to a course, for a stay in the guesthouse or the campsite, we will be in touch with you as soon as possible if we have not done so already.
As you’ll be aware, the current restrictions are having a devastating effect on many sectors. We are doing all we can to ensure fairness and responsibility to our customers, our staff and our partners. 

Refunds and cancellations of our courses will be financially extremely difficult for all of us. We are sympathetic to everyone’s circumstances. If you are able to, we would ask you not to cancel but rather to wait and let us contact you to rebook when things settle.
Our farm businesses are working hard to adapt. Our online farmshop is still open, selling our Trill Farm soaps, teas and Gotland blankets and rugs. Trill Farm Garden have set up a local veg box scheme, supplying households nearby instead of their usual cafes and restaurants, and Chris is running a pop-up Old Dairy Kitchen shop, delivering meals (as well as treats from other local producers, including our soap!) within a 5 mile radius and in Bridport. If you live nearby and would like more information, please visit the links above or below.
In the meantime, we intend to share some light from the farm in what can sometimes feel dark times. We'll be continuing to share the sights and sounds of springtime on our social media feeds (Facebook and Instagram), and emailing out samples of the courses and events that would be taking place here if we were open as usual. We hope you enjoy them.
Stay safe, well and connected,
Romy and the Trill Farm Team

What to do on Winter Walks

3 Dec 2019 | 0 comments

As much as we love escaping the confines of the house for a brisk winter walk, it can sometimes be tricky to persuade our children to join us, to drag them away from their screens, pull on their wellies, put on a coat and breathe in some fresh air.

Here are just a few ideas for ways to encourage children outside and keep them entertained during the winter season.

1) Take a scavenger hunt

A scavenger hunt is simply a list of things to look for when you're out and about. You can make one yourself, or just search "outdoor scavenger hunt" and the image results will show plenty of options to either print or take on your phone.

We like to adapt them for the season or occasion. For example, around Halloween you can hunt for a stick like a witch's finger, or at Christmas, something the colour of a robin's red breast.

2) Collect your favourite things

A strip of coloured card with double-sided sticky tape down the middle, or even a stick and some string, can be used to collect memories of your journey.

Try collecting as many different shaped or coloured leaves as you can, or perhaps something for every colour of the rainbow.

3) Play with clay or mud

Carrying a small bag of natural clay means you always have something to model into bugs you find, make faces on trees, or use to build mini-dens with. If you don't have clay, most mud will do the trick!

4) Build a den

Dens require no pre-planning and no materials - just make one wherever and whenever you fancy. You can use logs and fallen branches leaned up against a tree, or even little twigs to make dens for fairies or bugs. If you have them with you, a rope between two trees with a blanket over the top will make an instant shelter.

The most important thing to remember is that the steps out of the front door are the hardest, and that once outside, everyone will be happier than they anticipated, even the ones previously glued to their screens.