Embercombe Veg Box Scheme (and salad too!)

Embercombe Garden – Harvest Share Scheme

 

Receive fresh, local, ecologically-produced fruit and vegetables from £10 a week.

We are starting a new subscription farming scheme based on the idea of Community Supported Agriculture. We produce fruit and vegetables for our own kitchens, but are now able to grow a surplus and will be offering members of the scheme their share of the harvest in the form of a weekly veg box through the year. This is a relatively new approach to farming where consumers become members of the farm and commit to buy a share of the farm’s harvest for 12-months at a time.

 

In this way we have a secure market and are able to tailor our production to meet our customer’s demand.  We farm in an ecological and low-input way and offer to our members the opportunity to take an active interest in where their food is coming from and how it is produced.

 

Here is how the Embercombe Harvest Share Scheme works:

  • The season runs for 9 months (40 weeks) of the year, from the beginning of July to the beginning of April. This is the period when we aim to provide you with a veg box of delicious, fresh, local and ecologically produced fruit and vegetables.

  • In summer, a share may be 10 different items including high value produce such as ecologically produced tomatoes.

  • In autumn, a share will likely be more than 10 different items including a wide range of fruit and veg, staples and higher value produce.

  • In winter and into early spring, your weekly share will again be approximately 10 items, including winter squash, a variety of root vegetables, various greens, mixed salad leaves and apples.

  • For the remaining 12 weeks of the year, we do not aim to provide members with a veg box, as this time includes the hungry gap when not so much is available from the garden. This is why the membership price is calculated based on 40 weeks – at £10 per week (for a small box) and £15 per week (for a large box). It is possible, in a good year, that we will be able to provide some produce to our members during these 12 weeks, but we do not guarantee it.

  • We do not buy in any produce and so we only supply what we grow. This means that if there is a shortage or crop failure, the members carry the risk in order to support the farm through lean times. The reward is that in a good season the members will enjoy shares that are full to over-brimming with wonderful produce that is ecologically produced, delivered as fresh as it could be, and supporting the local community.

  • As members you will also be welcome to attend our monthly friends’ working weekends as day guests, and we will keep you informed about all other events.

  • Your membership helps us to continue to produce high quality, organic fruit and vegetables right here, on the edge of the Teign Valley, and to continue offering valuable educational opportunities for many people – including many local school children – to come and experience how their food is grown.

  • If you chose to pay by standing order your payment will be spread over the whole year in monthly payments but there will be some weeks when you will not receive any produce (in April, May and June). The model of Community Supported Agriculture works best when members pay up-front at the beginning of the season but we understand that this is not possible for everyone.

 

Embercombe Garden – Salad Share Scheme

If you don’t want all that veg, you can also become a member of the salad share scheme. Members will get a bag of seasonal and delicious, freshly picked salad leaves every week of the year.  Bags will always have a seasonal selection of leaves, and will often have a mix of over 10 different leaves.

Again, we will take on members for the whole year, paying upfront or monthly. Membership costs £78 for the year (£1.50 a week) for a medium bag, and £130 for the year (about £2.50) for a very large bag.

 

Veg boxes and salad bags will be available for pick up from Embercombe or a local drop-off point on Thursday late afternoons/early evenings.

To become a member of either scheme, contact Dan at daniel@embercombe.co.uk or on 01647 252 983 and we will send you a membership form.

In the kitchen we’re…

Wild Garlic Pesto

Take…

A really good bunch of Wild garlic, throw some Nettles in as well if you have some.

A good glug or two of both Organic Olive Oil and Organic Sunflower Oil

Some toasted Sunflower and Sesame Seeds

A good amount of salt (to taste)

Lemon Juice until it takes the edge off.

Blend it all with a hand blender or food processor. Use a pestle and mortar for a fossil fuel free approach.

Taste it and add more of what ever you think it needs.

butterfly mandala

Squash Lasagne… using up the last of the winter squash

It is gluten free and can really easily be vegan. It goes down a storm here.

This is using the Spaghetti Squash we have in the freezer from January (can be bottled not frozen if you have the time) and the Crown Prince Squash’s which are still storing from a September harvest!

This lasagne has several components. Amounts are tricky because we do it depending on how many trays we need, all the components can be used in left over meals though so over make rather than under make.

Component 1: White Sauce

Heat up some oil, add cornflower to make a thick paste. Slowly add oat milk/ dairy milk until the cornflower has nicely mixed in. Add some salt, pepper and nutmeg. Mustard can be added if wanted. To make it vegan and cheesy, add nutritional yeast.

Cook slowly until thickened, add more cornflower if its taking forever.

Component 2: Squash Purée

Fry slowly some onions and garlic. a good amount of garlic. Add the Crown Prince squash, this needs to be chopped up nice and small, 1 cm cubes. Fry this slowly add liquid if it starts to stick or looks dry. Use stock if you have it, water or white wine, depending on what you prefer. Add salt and pepper if your stock isn’t already quite salty. When the squash is soft, blend it all together. Taste it, it should taste amazing! That’s the Crown Prince magic.

Component 3: Spaghetti Squash

Cut a Spaghetti Squash in half and take out the seeds. (Bake the seeds with salt for a nice snack) Put the two halves in the oven and bake until you can break the squash flesh up with a fork. Take out all the flesh out with a fork, breaking it down so it looks like spaghetti. Season and add butter if you feel that way inclined.

Component 4: Celeriac

Slice some celeriac thinly in a mandolin. Boil in stock water for about 5 mins, basically until half cooked.

Component 5: Greens

Prep some spinach or chard to be used as a layer.

PUT IT ALL TOGETHER

Just layer it all up, play around with how you like it adding the white sauce here and there. Make sure there is some white sauce left for the top. You can add breadcrumbs to the top for a crunch (Rye breadcrumbs are yummy), some cheese for the cheesy factor or just leave the white sauce on top and serve it with a lovely salad and some fresh crunchy sourdough bread. Parsley goes well with this and makes a nice garnish. Red cabbage sauerkraut is a winner as well with it.

It’s so goooood!

By Lucy Lee, Kitchen Apprentice

On the land we’re…

veg garden and rainbow (4)

This week we are sowing our maincrop carrots, parsnips and beetroot in the field.  The last of the onions will be transplanted out that we started from seed in modules in late January.  As long as the weather looks like it is lasting, we will be sowing a few hundred squash seeds into pots in the polytunnel, and optimistically some French Beans too.  We have lettuces to plant out, and red cabbages to pot on, peasticks to gather together and a scythe to sharpen in excited anticipation of the first mow of the year for hay.

We had to pull out our very early crop of potatoes from the polytunnel yesterday, as they had  succumbed to a worrying early attack of blight, and we have been out in the garden some nights collecting an unusually high population of slugs – something we have never seen before.  So, the new spring is full of promise and challenges.

Away from the garden, many small and ecological producers from around the country are going to London on April 17th to protest outside the offices of DEFRA, calling upon Owen Patterson and the government to recognise the importance of this sort of agriculture in the future of feeding Britain – a far cry from current agribusiness-focused policy but well worth fighting for.  There are so many economic and political shifts that could be made to support small-scale ecological agriculture, and new entrants to farming – it is only the will in government that is lacking.

 By Dan Burston, Garden Manager

A conversation with Dan Burston, Garden Manager

A conversation with ….

Dan Burston, Gardener at Embercombe

Dan

Dan has been working at Embercombe for 2 years as the Garden Manager….

What inspires you?

All of the dreams of what could be possible in this life, and the longing inside me that calls me to each of them. So thank you to all of the people who remind me of that longing and broaden my dreaming of what is possible.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?

A goat, a bear, an owl, a deer, a salmon and pompom the donkey. And Leonard Cohen.

What would you cook?

Fresh mackerel with salt and a squeeze of lemon, bit of bread and butter and a glass of (Embercombe) cider.

Gnocchi with a white wine and cream sauce full of fresh parsley, thyme and nettles (and more cold white wine).

What is your favourite thing to do with a friend?

Cycle to the horizon and beyond all the way to the sea, and when we get there, strip off and run in, fish for supper, have a camp fire and sleep under the stars.

What is your greatest fear?

Of not living life wholeheartedly while I am alive.

How do you relax?

I might cook a meal, or curl up with a great book – something like that. Depends why I need to relax!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I am most proud of the learnings that I have undergone in my adult life – all the land based skills that I consider so important, the deepening sense of feeling at home on our Earth, the capacity to live a simple and sacred life.

What song always makes you get up and dance?

This one – check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ9umueZYyo

Guiltiest pleasure …

Being quite a gastronome! And eating more than I need to. Guilty and delicious.

What is the best thing about Embercombe?

The journeys that people go on whilst they’re here.  I truly feel that Embercombe is an incredible environment for learning and growth, and I am repeatedly and deeply moved by the huge landscape of what being human can contain.

What got you out of bed this morning?

Knowing that the chickens would be increasingly discontented stuck in their house for every extra minute I enjoyed in bed before going to let them out.

Embercombe Veg Box Scheme

Dan and his team are starting a veg box scheme in July, along the lines of Community Supported Agriculture.  Members of the scheme will receive a share of the harvest from the Embercombe gardens through the year.  This will be in the form of a weekly veg box that will be available for pick up from Embercombe or one of our drop-off points every week.  Boxes will reflect the season and what is available.  In summer there will be high value produce like freshly picked tomatoes and soft fruit, and in autumn and winter there will be the greatest variety – up to 16 different items.  The scheme will run for 40 weeks of the year, from July until the beginning of April.  The gap is to account for the hungry gap and times when we will not be able to provide to provide a full box.

Membership is £400 for the year, working out at £10 per week for 40 weeks.

Members of the scheme are also welcome to attend for the day on friends’ working weekends whenever they would like and get an experience of the gardens where all the fruit and veg are produced.

If you would like to receive a membership form and sign up to the scheme, please contact Dan on 01647 252 983 or at Daniel@embercombe.co.uk

What’s in your box this week….

A typical early spring box may contain:

A squash, parsnips, beetroot, potatoes, rainbow chard, a salad bag, leeks, spring onions and a bunch of parsley

Changing My World, Again (or Why The Journey Made Me Leave Embercombe)

Bye Bye from me! March 2014

Bye Bye from me! March 2014

Back in 2007, I encountered Mac, Joey, Suzie Mumme and Emma Brown at Be The Change conference in London. For me it was ‘love at first hearing’ and soon to be ‘love at first sight’, as it has been for so many others and the start of over 6 years of employment and a totally enmeshed life. They told me about Embercombe and I was there 3 weeks later.

One weekend visit in December was all it took. I was totally smitten.

On Friends Weekends in those days, everyone was left to fend for themselves, bringing a bag of ‘food to share’ and trusting in unreliable postcodes and unfamiliar taxi drivers.  I was one of just 9 attending that Friends weekend. At my insistence, wanting to walk into the place that felt so special, the taxi dropped me off at the top of the track.  Sadly it was the wrong track and I found myself 2 miles up the road at 11pm at night, rucksack on back, navigating dark lanes noisy with pig grunts without a phone signal or map.  Some exhilarating time later, I breached a steep muddy lane, to be greeted by a fierce, “Who goes there?” from a red-pyjama-clad figure with hair and beard streaming in the wind.  I had arrived. Joey was waiting for me, with honey vegetable soup on the stove in the cabin.

Shortly after, the role of Director of Development became mine after volunteering to help Mac with an Embercombe stand at, of all incongruous places, the Daily Mail Ideal Home Show.

My first working day came in May. Mac picked me up from the station and as we drove through Haldon Forest and onto site, everywhere was clean, green, bright. “My favourite season,” said Mac. I could only agree.

Joey’s caravan was vacant and instead of the yurt my friends were expecting to find me in, it became my Embercombe home. So began a year and a half of ‘weaving together the city and the country’, travelling regularly between my home in gritty North London and rural South Devon.

In London, we organised ‘salons’ where we invited interesting and engaged people aboard the Volharding, generously moored in St Katherine Dock.

Back at Embercombe, we hosted London corporate sustainability professionals and my old eco-activist network for Climate Conversation Weekends that mixed people up and generated the Climate Story Tellers group, who still share their stories with each other today, five years on. Some have gone onto become an Ambassador for Embercombe, some stay in touch despite moving to Australia and all of them are working on amazing projects.

I remember treating the Stone Circle with caution and respect and it was several months before I visited it. My patience was rewarded and during a Story Telling Weekend, a stone shared its own story with me, of the permanence and connectedness of all life here – the same material in the rock being bound in the dead plant nestling next to it, and also in my own skin. It was only later that I heard Mac tell the purpose of the stone circle, to provide the eye of the dragon of Albion and so enable the awakening of its people.

Joey taught me the importance of joining in and experiencing life for myself, not just being ‘out there, saving the world’ . He inspired me to really start living life, rather than standing on the sidelines of it, trying to influence other people.  I owe my motherhood to this lesson.

Embercombe in summer was where I grieved the passing of my independence: pregnant, carrying buckets of water across the parched garden, over and over. Spilling water, eyes streaming, saying goodbye to my old self.

It was a fantastic place and the perfect season to be carrying a child. We were looking after an old gypsy caravan and for a precious few nights I slept on its red gingham pillows, out in the meadows. I slept so well, Johannes was sent by the Core Team to come and wake me to join our meeting.

Embercombe brought me to live in Ashburton and gave me a new community. On New Years Eve 2010 it witnessed my wedding with Andy and Doro’s blessing day. The Embercombe family looked out for us whilst Andy’s first kidney transplant failed and through the scary year of his being ill and the euphoria of his second transplant.

And all through this time our influence has grown: we run many more programmes, partnerships and enormous Friends Weekends. Mac speaks to bigger audiences and his and our reputation as a source of inspiration for living with deeper values is growing rapidly. To deliver this we now have a team of 13 paid staff not 5 and there are generally 20 volunteers living on site instead of two. We have an exciting new Ambassadors programme and a talented coterie of Associates.

Last year I realised how much I was struggling to meet my own, and others’, expectations of my role and to deliver all that it had become in only a part time hours. I decided to take The Journey for a second time and take stock of my situation.

The week brought me insights into where I’ve come from, the history of my recent forbears, the struggles they faced and how I stand on their shoulders. How they would want me to make choices that make me happy and bring me fully alive…this resonated with other messages I had received, from a stone in the Stone Circle and from the rock in the Kents’ Cavern, as well as my teachers on the programme.  I also got to see how my choices to date have been so influenced by my concern with how you see me. It’s been your impression that counts, not my experience. God, that was painful. So ultimately, I came to really realise that it’s down to me to take care of my experience here on this beautiful planet. And that by taking more care of myself, I’ll be making more contribution to the whole that any of my old hard work striving to ‘change things’ ever could. Because I realise it doesn’t end there and that the more I take care of me, the more I have to give away, the more I can cherish everyone and everything around me. And the place to start is to cherish myself.

So that’s been my personal history in this magical place. Like many good Journeys, the impact took a while to root but the message of my Journey week in March finally penetrated in December and I realised I love this project and its people but I don’t believe my own purpose is to manage databases, social media, year planners and marketing campaigns. And that is what Embercombe needs right now. My love of telling stories and connecting people and finding ways to make exciting synergies happen kept me satisfied in the role for a long while. But right now, Embercombe can’t provide the space for me to spread my wings and be all I can be.  So, trusting that the Universe supports our unfolding when we dare to let go, I’m stepping into the unknown to see what awaits.

The first project I took on at Embercombe was to create a music album, ‘Notes for The Journey’. I crowdfunded it and so every CD sold makes a direct contribution to Embercombe. I realise that 6 years on, the words I wrote on the cover speak directly to my years in this precious valley and to this point in time in particular. It looks like I have found the resolve to offer my gifts.

Back cover of CD

Back cover of CD

An enormous and heartfelt thank you to all the Friends, volunteers, apprentices, associates and staff of Embercombe who have made my time here so stimulating, enriching and funny.

You can listen to the tracks on the Notes for the Journey CD  here.

Why Do We Need ‘Sustainable Parenting?’

By Joanna Watters, Sustainable Parenting Practitioner.

Joanna Watters at Summer CampJoanna is an Embercombe Associate, mother of 2 grown sons, parenting facilitator, ex-primary school teacher, and a long time worker in family education as a workshop leader and counsellor.

“Global Transformation…. starts with us and how we parent”  (Dr Shefali Tsabary – see http://www.rinf.tv/video/conscious-parenting)

In our privileged consumer culture, the reality of raising children can be more challenging than we expected.

In trying to explain what Sustainable Parenting is all about, I decided to quote from an email I received last week, as it expresses a typical scenario.  It is from a mature, functional professional couple (names have been changed).

We both feel very powerless in relation to dealing with James our 5 year old who is expressing a lot of anger, opposition, forcefulness, not responding to discipline etc. This is at least in part provoked by the birth of our second son Mark who was born 5 months ago.

We need guidance in how to parent from our hearts with skill and consciousness, to hold this little being with as much care and love as possible, in his anger and vulnerability

“Sustainable Parenting” is about supporting parents like these – families who have their basic needs met, and who want to parent consciously so that the generation we are raising are emotionally intelligent, as well as functional.

Parents work in the Stone Circle

Parents work in the Stone Circle

The reasons that parenting is often more challenging than we thought it would be are complex.

Often its because in the demands of 24/7 care, often done by one adult alone for much or all of those 24 hours, we forget to resource ourselves.

And also because children are designed to be mirrors – they copy what they see, and reflect back what they’ve absorbed from us. We might be saying one thing and actually doing another.  This is a wonderful opportunity to grow our own integrity and get real rather than idealistic about being human, if we are willing to look.

And because often there are still “young” aspects of ourselves, in which our parents/teachers were not able to support us to develop (as they themselves had not been supported by the previous generation) – many of us reach adulthood without, for example, having an integrated and responsible relationship with our own anger – so when we see anger in our child, we feel powerless/frightened/angry.

“Sustainable Parenting” aims to support parents to resource themselves, to bring their attention back to them for a moment, and relax.  It aims to break the parent’s isolation, through the sense of sharing with a community of parents who can listen to each other and empathize.  And by helping parents take time to notice what the little mirrors are reflecting, we can encourage them to welcome the opportunity to deepen; And we offer guidance and good listening to support parents to grow any apparent less evolved aspects (which happens very efficiently and effectively, however old we are, when we are really heard and received).

So – Sustainable Parenting exists so that parents, like the ones who wrote me that email, can feel empowered in raising their children consciously, with heart – so that we step up, as parents, and really participate in global transformation.

The 3rd ‘Grow the Grown Ups’ Summer Camp at Embercombe happens this August, for parents with children of all ages.

Every day there are “Sustainable Parenting” sessions for adults, facilitated by Joanna Watters, with parallel ‘Hand in Hand’ creche and age specific activities in nature for the children. And there is also time for families to spend time together and with other families in the afternoons, enjoying the environment at Embercombe with a variety of activities on offer.

This year there will be three certified Parenting by Connection/Hand in Hand practitioners on site, leading the child care and available to advise parents.

Embercombe Summer Camp Monday August 18th to Friday 22nd 2014

Http://www.embercombe.co.uk/summercamp

For more information on Parenting by Connection see http://www.handinhandparenting.org/article/overview/

Energy and inspiration for the new year

On the 6th and 7th of January, 3 of us from Embercombe travelled to Oxford for the annual REAL farming conference. Now in its 5th year, this attracted approximately 550 farmers and folks involved in our food systems from across the country. The event was split in two parts – Farming Futures looked at arable and pastoral farming and how to transition from a high input to a low input system, and Building The Renaissance looked broadly and at the details of how to bring about the Agrarian Renaissance that is seen as necessary.

What energy and inspiration for the new year!
Talks and discussion covered many areas, some looking broadly at the future of world farming systems and culture, and some looking at how to set up and be successful as a grower within the unsupportive economic and political climate we live in (for small scale food producers anyhow).
In sessions about Access to Land, Finance, Markets and Training the challenges were named and innovative solutions that people were coming up with were shared. We heard inspiring and real life stories from many individuals and organisations across the UK, as well as an incredible portrait of what is going on in America from Severine von Tscharner Fleming, director of The Greenhorns who’s mission is to recruit, promote and support the new generation of young farmers. It is truly inspiring (and dead cool) what they are up to. http://www.thegreenhorns.net/

As well as coming together to build a renaissance, I imagine all went home with a clearer perspective upon the current global position. In many ways this is very chilling, and yet I certainly left having found greater commitment and energy to make a difference.
Currently EU legislation is going through that will make it legally necessary for all Plant Reproductive Materials (seeds, cuttings etc…) not to be sold without a license and to conform to tests checking their distinctness and uniformity. The implications upon a great proportion of our living genetic heritage are huge – it is a law that is designed with industrial agriculture in mind and does not leave any space for small producers. If followed it would drive many small seed companies, and therefore a huge percentage of seed diversity, out of the market and therefore off our land.
Still, ‘cheap food’ is used as an argument against organic food, against small farms, against traditional ways of farming. Still the system where this supposedly cheap food comes from involves ONE THIRD of all food produced being put in the bin (UN figures), involves driving people off the land and into cities or slums, involves turning rainforest and wild prairie lands into monocultures of corn and beans which feed herbivorous animals that are kept in feed-lots which in turn (though incredibly inefficiently) feed people. Still it involves gross animal welfare issues, poisoning land with chemicals, replacing people with machines and robots, destroying rural communities …. this list could go on and on.

I came home from the conference and watched the film about the life of Nelson Mandela. I firmly believe that until we find within ourselves the selfless and committed strength that he demonstrated, we will not be strong enough to turn around these ecological, social and spiritual tragedies. At least it is good to feel clearer about what is necessary.

There’s so much more I could say about the conference, but really you had to be there. SO, if you’re interested, there is always next year!

and in the polytunnel

winter salad in polytunnel - outside leaves are picked repeatedly

winter salad in polytunnel – outside leaves are picked repeatedly

Always a few degrees warmer in the polytunnel which is now full of winter salads – many of the spicy orientals (rocket, mizuna, mustards etc..), hardy lettuces, spinach, lambs lettuce, claytonia, parsley, coriander…
These will have their outside leaves picked off through winter and go on through until april time or thereabouts. In the background, the lemon tree has been wrapped up for winter in its bubble-wrap jacket. Still it has ripe lemons on it alongside unripe lemons, only just set lemons, open flowers and fat buds, all at the same time. Special things in the inner sanctum.

winter in the garden

john weeds the over-wintering broad beans. lots of leeks behind and beds that have been tucked up for the winter.

john weeds the over-wintering broad beans. lots of leeks behind and beds that have been tucked up for the winter.

The drawing in of winter is generally being greeted like a very welcome old friend round here. I particularly feel that as a gardener after this wonderful year. So welcome is this slowing down of the natural world all around us, allowing a shifting of pace and a refocussing. Winter, you are very welcome here.

In this photo, the hardy super aquadulce broad beans in the foreground will overwinter without growing much more and then will be off to a fast start when things warm up again. Behind, gorgeous leeks stand proud, such a wonderful winter sight – we will be digging them up frozen right through before long I’m sure, but they don’t take any harm. Any beds which have become empty by this time of year we have thoroughly weeded and mulched, so that we can come and find them again in lovely quality come spring. Some even get told bed time stories.

Joey’s Appreciation for Community Build Week

From Joey Waterson, who looked after our Community Build team working on The Linhay, our Centre for Land Based Learning. Http://www.embercombe.co.uk/linhay

After an exilharating friends working weekend and council meeting ,the evening was followed by the welcoming of the third community build group arriving to be with the embercombe build company for 5days on the Linhay project .
the evening began with shared evening meal and introduction to accommodation followed by a good nights rest ,
each day a get yourself breakfast followed by a shared clear up,after which we the community build group started with a morning checking in meeting and sharing of ourselves both on a personal and practical nature.
we then ventured forth to the Linhay project nestled down amongst the garden flowers vegetables polytunnels and lake ares of Embercombe.this is where we were met by Phil ireland and his team of builders under whose guidance and wisdom along with valuable instructions we were going to spend the following few days.
After the usual health and safety and site ppe instructions that some of us were getting used to ,you can never hear it enough in terms of taking care of each other ,we met the professionals as we like to call them , who welcomed us with admiration humour and curiousity of who we all are ;within a short time 10 of us in total were all working away on various tasks using tools we couldnt name exploring ways to hold them sharing stories asking many questions of our professional builders, the whole scene was a pleasant experience cold sunshine looking like we all belonged and all looking like wasps in our yellow jackets steel boots and helmets and googles a community build team in action .
our work was mainly around carpentry ,making joints in oak frames for a balcony , we also completed a carvings on two pieces for a gable end apexes which look stunning ,the balcony structures we had started on previous builds and were kept back as our project . this was a very humbling experience for us who had started this part of building ,we were grateful that the amount of responsibility the trust shown to us that we were capable of achieving such task that was going to be seen by many people for lifetimes was such a gift of the professionals of the embercombe building company and its team .very appreciative.
We also enjoyed the wonderful opportunities of the well deserved tea breaks amongst the apples being pressed along with flap jacks /bacon and good humour well needed with cold sometimes wet windy days ,provided from phil and his A team .
We also had some more brick and stone work going on which was a continuation of various techniques, along with preparation of wood for future decking floors,
in our spare time we also helped in putting first coats of paint on some of walls in various rooms on walls and ceilings in preparation for other trades to continue their work.
All in all a very good week full of humour and experience of achievements from teaching instruction from good hearted down to earth people .
All of the builders who helped show us the way ,gave us their tools showed us ways of using them safely and efficiently and also learned from us in this exchange of meeting of hearts and minds .
all of us are so much richer from having worked alongside the embercombe building company team of people .
our team of community builders were a mixture of those who had been previously some volunteers from embercombe some local people trying building for the first time we also enjoyed embercombe’s founder joining us for a short time amongst his busy schedule,
we also enjoyed the beautiful cared for meals created daily from the embercombe garden up in the cosmic kitchen provided for from the apprentices and volunteer team, the evenings were also full of choir singing, womens and mens circles, knitting circles and stories around the fire on sofas sometimes sleeping reading playing music or just wandering out into the night towards our beds via the gift of a beautiful bowl of stars nestling us in the dreaming of this our community build full moon week.
much love joey xxx