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Cottage Farm Open Day report

Thank you to all the 16 people attending our first Open Day.
At the same time apologies to all those who contacted us but found the event already fully booked. The limited number of places were booked within 2 days of announcing the event. However, we intend to hold similar Open Days at Cottage Farm once a month or so, so there will be plenty of opportunities to join in.

The event has started at 2pm and lasted for just over 3 hours, ending between 5 and 6 pm.

First we had a short getting to know each other session over cups of coffee and cakes. It was good to see how many people have established contact with like minded near neighbours that they did not even know about.

I then run through my Royal Agricultural College presentation on our journey from townies to Transition Farmers in four years and the current state of our farm: organic, sustainable, native rare breeds, producing food for the local market. The presentation also covered the various energy measures taken at Cottage Farm, from reduction of usage to description and pictures of our renewable energy schemes, incl hot water, space heating, electricity, bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil and water.

After that, the more practical part of the Open Day started.
We had a look at each item of the renewable energy equipment, I explained why we chose that particular configuration, its advantages and disadvantages, as well as answering questions from our guests.

At the end we also spent a little time looking at our animals. The Red Ruby cattle included some seven recent calves, which performed well in front of the audience! And our sheep proudly displayed their lovely little offspring lambs. Due to the continuing wet weather, our animals are still confined indoors, which made meeting them much easier, but we abandoned our plans to walk around the farm. Nobody wanted to drown in mud!

Overall a great success with many guests expressing their thanks and several further messages arriving also later by email.

Thank you all again and we look to holding the next Open Day soon.

Paul