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March 31, 2020

Veg, veg, veg. This has been going through the minds of many of us the past couple of weeks. It was always part of our plan to one day create a larger, fully functioning market garden as it is an essential foundation of whole-basket farming and is key in our journey towards becoming a serious food producer. 

Newly equipped with more time, hands, and motivation to expand our vegetable growing further, we have begun building our new market garden right next to...

March 23, 2020

The covid-19 virus is already leaving empty shelves in supermarkets. As things progress we as a society must collectively look to manage food supplies so as to not exacerbate problems here and abroad. This was a topic discussed in farming circles as a result of the developing brexit situation before the virus came into awareness. Tackling the environmental crisis through farming practices, the reason Three Pools was founded, was already looking to change th...

March 12, 2020

Monbiot Attack - Real or Ruse?

Can we eat our way out of environmental collapse? In the wake of January’s Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) we’ve been asking ourselves this question again and again. Although full of absorbing talks and seminars, the memorable thing about this year’s conference was George Monbiot’s unprecedented moral attack against the UK farming industry that he delivered to a crow

ded hall on the final day. The basis of his censure; tha...

February 19, 2020

We absolutely love to ferment here on the farm. For us it is a perfect way to preserve harvested produce in the peak production months and enjoy the yields of our labor in colder and less productive times. It is a method that allows us to keep eating local even when 'the season' has long passed. Fermentation is one of the oldest and most interesting methods of processing and preserving food. Lacto-fermentation is a specific type of fermentation that utilise...

December 19, 2019

An issue of great importance to us at the farm is the relationship between food and individual health. Of particular interest is the discussion around wheat, bread and gluten. There is increasing evidence to suggest that the prevalence of gluten intolerance is actually more of a chemical intolerance issue. Herbicide is sprayed on wheat crops to reduce weed competition, pesticide is sprayed to reduce pests, then more herbicide is sprayed to make it easier to...

December 9, 2019

We kicked off our 2019 Guest Chef series with a bang - quite literally, in fact. Coming all the way from Amsterdam, we hosted Julian Tailleur and Timothy Laight. Known for their open fire and smoky cooking style, the pair joined us on the farm a week before the big meal to hunt and forage for their ingredients. The cooking duo met in the kitchen of Amsterdam's famous Restaurant Entrepot, where all of the food is sourced within the Netherlands and all of the...

December 6, 2019

We recently travelled westwards to attend the inaugural Wales Real Food & Farming Conference in Aberystwyth. The conference was born out of the Oxford Real Farming Conference, itself a product of the Campaign for Real Farming and the Slow Food Movement. It was a gathering of innovators and forward thinking players from the organic and sustainable farming movement, so we were excited to be representing Three Pools at such an occasion. The focus of discussion...

November 19, 2019

The crucian carp - not something that is instantly associated with the British countryside, but this little slab of gold is our only native carp and one which we need to help protect. Unlike other species of carp which most of us are familiar with (common, mirror, leather and grass), the crucian is much smaller and much more secretive.

Carp arrived on British shores in the 1600s. They were reared in monastery ponds for food - the Friday fish of the monk...

October 22, 2019

Why cows?

Cows have taken a lot of stick in the press lately for their contribution to climate change. In reality, things aren’t that simple.

Cows emit methane, yes. They also do an incredible job of cycling nutrients within grassland systems. In fact if managed properly they greatly increase the health of the soil and the grass; while increasing carbon sequestration into the soil. The methane problem is much more significant if cows aren’t fed grass. We are...

October 15, 2019

September marks a very special time of year here in Abergavenny. For one weekend, our quaint and normally peaceful town is enlivened to a whole new level as tens of thousands of foodies flock to the foothills of the Black Mountains for the Abergavenny Food Festival.

This year we invited twenty Abergavenny Food Festival attendees to our farm for a permaculture feast. We wanted to showcase some of the amazing produce that is grown and reared in the local area,...

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