April 6, 2020

Since moving to the farm in the summer of 2017 we have been experimenting with and developing a number of core products that we hope to sell to locals and visitors of the farm. One of our main aims is to offer high-grade and long lasting permaculture produce that allows people to eat locally throughout the year. One of the ways that we can do this is by preserving the food that we grow. This post will delve deeper into the provenance and benefits of our far...

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...

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 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...

August 30, 2018

Due to an enormous amount of building works on the house being carried out over winter, spring and the start of summer we were a little late getting on the veg growing this year. However, we hit the ground running around the middle of June.

Coinciding with permaculture thinking our long term aim is to have a no-dig vegetable garden in our raised beds growing area - It will take a few years though to get the soil to a quality where we can grow fully no dig, s...

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