A photo of a man washing the beetroot

Systems for the people

Karim, an organic farming student getting experience at the farm bringing the beets! June and July has been busy months for us as we continue planting our modules keep up with our harvest. This month we had horticultural interns, Kateryina and Felix, joining us and it’s been great having them working with us. They have brought with some great ideas with them. Kateryina came up with the idRead More…

A photo of hoes

Weeding tip from the Urban Farm

The hoes on the left the red ones are oscillating or stirrup hoes. The other ones are collinear hoes designed by Eliot Coleman. At the Urban Farm and Community Garden at the moment we are busy direct sowing, and sowing and planting modules. It is a busy month in the farm and we are enjoying seeing it take shape. I thought I would just say something about our approach to weeding. We start ouRead More…

Cycling a Path Weaved in Willow Art: Episode 1

With the official support of Sustrans this project was given the green light and our plan was kicked into action. The idea, to create willow installations of deer, people and bicycles, scattering them around the shelter belt at the start of the St Andrews to Guardbridge cycle path.
Hands-On Harvesting First things first, we set off to Angus – including Carnoustie, Brechin and Arbroath – overRead More…

Ready, steady…grow!

Since the new year we have been busy putting together our crop plans for the Community Vegetable garden and the Urban Farm. This year we will be growing a wide range of crops with around 50 different types of vegetables, which will allow us to deliver a wide range of learning experiences, as well as a varied diet! We have just about finished our sowing and planting schedule and we are particulaRead More…

A photo of Main Kernel Plot

Improving the soil at the Urban Farm

This is just a quick catch-up to welcome in the New Year. Before Christmas we had been busy working on our bed preparation on the farm. We have altered the pH, making it more acidic by adding some elemental sulfur. Hopefully this will bring it closer to the optimum pH of 6.5 where the most amount of nutrients are available to the plants. We are also adding some food and soil life with a layer Read More…

Elliott outlining principles of Urban Farming at the Kernel Anniversary event

Growing at the Kernel in October

Things are progressing nicely at the Kernel growing space. After cultivation in the early autumn, the growing site seems to be draining well but the winter will be our real test. We are enjoying the last of late crop of tomatoes and peppers and preparing to overwinter crops in fleece tunnels to extend our season. This will supply us with fresh produce early next season. Along with the polytunnRead More…