Welcome to the website of Diss Community Farm

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Welcome to the website of Diss Community Farm, we are a community group,                  based in and around Diss who have come together to produce food collaboratively in an ethical and sustainable way.

We have a field in Winfarthing, together with three polytunnels; where we meet to work weekly, including harvesting whatever is ready. Whoever is working that day takes home a box of freshly harvested vegetables. Very little money is involved.

See the About us and How to join page for more information.

Feb 13th

2020. A new year with new challenges.

One storm has passed, thank goodness with the minimal damage of mypex sheets being blown about but these patches can be covered again before weeds take hold.

A group of us turned out yesterday and carried out structural repairs and I think our stalwart weeder completed the mammoth task of weeding the strawberry bed.

Under cover, we’ve had several pickings of salad leaves already this year.

The spinach seedlings have been very slow to germinate so more seeds were sown today to fill the gaps. However, the broad bean plants are looking good and healthy and outdoors the leeks, which had a very shaky start last year, are producing a really good crop.

 

Beautiful midwinter work day on the Farm

The weather was mild and windy, the sky was blue, with low clouds whizzing along under a higher layer of slower clouds. Working on Diss Community Farm was a wonderful way to spend a few midwinter hours.

We had quite a full turnout of our regulars, and our usual excellent coffee and cake. We had a good harvest for midwinter, leeks, sprouts, salads, broccoli, red cabbage, and did quite a bit of useful work, weeding, preparing our no-dig beds for planting, layering the compost piles.

Five weeks later

It’s nearing the cooler months, but much has been done over the past weeks.

Many hands make for quicker planting of garlic and onions.

Under cover, chilli peppers have been removed.

Freshly laid manure has been broken up.

Grass still requires occasional mowing,

and the box to take home continues to contain good produce.

 

 

The end of August

 

Covering the soil with Mypex certainly slows down weed growth, except through holes as seen here where thistles have found escape routes, but now have been removed and replaced with cabbage plants.

Working as a community, climbing beans were harvested from both sides of the frame supports and weeds added to the compost bins.

The celeriac is growing well.

Companion plants and bee-friendly flowers are adding colour, as are the bright tomatoes.