NEIGH­BOURLY GOOD DEEDS

Country Smallholding - - Feature The Wet Stuff -

Bartering isn’t al­ways about swap­ping real ob­jects...

Daisy Gold­smith says: “My neigh­bour, a real, big-time farmer, took time out of his hay bal­ing con­tract to help us reweld our trac­tor head­stock which we needed to be able to bring in our own har­vest. We re­paid him by bring­ing him to the vil­lage har­vest sup­per as he doesn’t have time to so­cialise much or eat a good hearty meal.”

A proac­tive small­hold­ing club…

Dan Gibbs in Lin­colnshire says: “Our lo­cal small­hold­ing club has been re­ally great, es­pe­cially as we moved into the area and didn’t know any­one. We get feed and seeds at a dis­counted rate, buy live­stock and meat from trusted sources, go to small­hold­ing sales and have been able to co- or­di­nate shear­ing.”

The WWOOF com­mu­nity…

Peter Hendry in Devon says: “We have just joined a com­mu­nity called World Wide Op­por­tu­ni­ties on Or­ganic Farms (WWOOF UK) where vol­un­teers give up their time to come and help in ex­change for food and lodg­ings. Any­one can take part, from cou­ples and groups liv­ing in a city want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence life on a farm/small­hold­ing to sin­gles look­ing for a week­end es­cape or longer. It is a great way to meet

new peo­ple, get some help around the place and teach those who aren’t as for­tu­nate how to keep an­i­mals, grow pro­duce and what life is re­ally like in the coun­try.”

No need to strug­gle…

Jane Hurd in Cum­bria says: “I get ad­vice and sup­port from sev­eral farm­ers lo­cally. Alis­tair, my part­ner, is away work­ing long days — he is the ex­pe­ri­enced one — and I am a novice and have to deal with what­ever hap­pens. I would have strug­gled with­out help­ful neigh­bours.”

The on­line com­mu­nity works too…

Ni­cola Mor­ris from Corn­wall says: “Dur­ing the win­ter when it snowed I ended up lug­ging buck­ets of wa­ter, break­ing ice and climb­ing snow drifts to get to the barn, but in be­tween I made time to catch up with an on­line group. I re­lated to and laughed at so many posts, it was just what I needed at the time.”

Sym­bi­otic favours are the way for­ward…

Lucy Anne Aylett from Devon says: “I have a lot of po­ten­tial trade go­ing past my small­hold­ing, but not enough eggs to main­tain a reg­u­lar sup­ply. A friend down the road has masses of eggs, but is off the beaten track. Once we both re­alised this, the so­lu­tion was ob­vi­ous. Brenda now sells her eggs from my gate along­side mine and, with a con­stant sup­ply of eggs, we now get a con­stant stream of trade. Per­fect.”

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