What a fantastic weekend of farming, bikes and food in the sunshine! On the 22nd and 23rd April for the second ever One Good Turn trip we headed back to the Community Farm in North Somerset.
We met at Ashton Court in Bristol on Saturday morning and cycled through the beautiful North Somerset countryside, along Festival Way and past the Chew Lake to the Community Farm, about 11 hilly miles in total. There were 8 of us in total, 7 on bikes led by Hannah and Amanda plus Chris in the support van.
The task for our day of farming was to plant out lettuces and leeks from the greenhouse into the field. After getting all the lettuces in and about half the leeks it was time for lunch in the yurt. The lunch was a delicious combination of homemade soup, bread and with cake to follow. This was followed by a tour or the farm to ease the digestion!
In the afternoon we took on more tasks, planting the rest of the leeks and finishing off the building of polytunnels with hammers and nails.
Throughout the day the forecast clouds disappeared and we were left with a glorious sunny day and a beautiful afternoon. At about 4 we finished up farming, and headed to set up the camp, get the pizza oven stoked and enjoy the late afternoon sunshine, with Charlie serenading us with guitar, guitarleli and jewish harp.
For dinner we all got stuck in to make the pizza, whipping up the dough, prepping the sauce, toppings and foraging some wild garlic to top it off. Amazing! All that was left to do was toast some marshmallows by the fire before crawling into our sleeping bags to bed.
Sunday started with a leisurely camp breakfast, including porridge, croissants and nutella. We then conquered the irrigation system and headed out on foot to explore the iron age fort and walk along the lake shore. After the walk we had lunch, packed up the camp and got back on the bikes to head home.
All in all an amazing packed weekend.
A massive thanks to The Community Farm is a community owned and run farm that is transforming people's relationship to their food. It's a great place [link]. We'd fully recommend one of their veg boxes - particularly the leeks!
Photo Credit: Hayley Muir