Since starting in May, I have been very busy down on the farm. Some of the jobs I have been involved in have been drilling fodder beet, hoeing potatoes, muck carting, horse and cart rides plus many more.
But, not all of the work takes place on the farm. Richard, Hannah, Dani and I all attended the Royal Norfolk Show representing Gressenhall on the Norfolk County Council stand. At the show we were promoting Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, but also showing and explaining to many different people what the Heritage Lottery Funded Skills for the Future programme was all about.
To the show we took four New Norfolk Horn Sheep. The sheep were used to demonstrate how shearing used to be done before we had modern equipment. The shearing unit we were using was a Wolseley one and it is about a hundred years old. As well as the mechanical hand powered shears, Richard also used hand shears. As you can see from the picture below Richard is shearing and I am turning the handle to power the handset.
In addition to the sheep we also took along some of the items we have down on the farm. These included such things as horse shoes and a pig restrainer. Also we took with us Gressenhall’s famous interactive milking simulator. This gave people a chance to feel what it is like to milk a cow. As you can see from the picture below we set out the items on some bales and chatted with the visitors to try and get them to guess what each item was.
As well as working on the farm and the general day to day tasks, my calendar is crammed full of other events, training and tasks. For example, just this week I have had my induction at Easton and Otley College ahead of me studying for my Level 2 Diploma in Mixed farming.
Finally I would just like to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome here at Gressenhall and look forward to lots of fun times during my traineeship and many more blog posts.
Ben Preston – Heritage Farming Apprentice.