We moved to Old Castle in March 2017 and the potential it brings is fabulous. Although Pengraig was a lovely place it was limiting for the goats and we wanted somewhere that could be truly sustainable in that it could support us all both physically and financially.
Now that we are here we have to work out what to do with parts of the land. The majority of the land will be grazing for our sheep (hopefully wool and dairy) and goats. We can graze cows and we may well be looking into other projects but the question was raised, what to do with the five acre field next to the path.
It is a good sized field. The soil is a little thin but it was at Pengraig when we first arrived and the more controlled growing of raised beds doesn't really worry about the depth of soil beneath. Over the years we will be able to contribute enough goat manure from the barn clearing out, also from the sheep barn after lambing so over the years the soil will grow.
Originally we were looking at an allotment but while looking at the details for setting this up we came across a shared smallholding in England and that seemed to make a lot of sense. The philosophy fitted in with what we were looking for and our proximity to Carmarthen, Llangain and Llansteffan, also Johnstown seemed to be a good one. With easy access to Carmarthen for a Farmers Market and the A40, well it has potential.
We are copying the membership from the working smallholding we found. All vegetables and produce (including pigs) are subject to availability as obviously vegetables will be seasonal.
- Weekly Veg Box
- Half Dozen Eggs a week
- A whole pig
- A Christmas Bird
- Goats Milk
- A commitment to a minimum of two work sessions per calendar month (BST) and one session per month during the winter from each family
- A monthly subscription of 65
- A fortnightly veg box
- A half dozen eggs every fortnight
- Half a pig
- A Christmas Bird
- Goats Milk
- A commitment to two work sessions per calendar month and one session per month during the winter from each family
- A monthly subscription of 45
A VEGETARIAN SHARE
- A weekly veg box
- Half a dozen eggs a week
- 4 pints of goats milk a week
- Goats Cheese
- A commitment of two work sessions per calendar month (BST) and one session per month during the winter
- A monthly subscription of 35
For 10 a month you can visit on any Saturday work days and lend a hand. We will send you away with a veg box including eggs and goats cheese if available. There is no commitment to come.
The smallholding is likely to comprise vegetables, pigs and poultry. We keep goats so in exchange for helping with them e.g. milking there will be goat milk available when it is available. If you want to raise a wether boy goat for meat or as a harness goat this is also possible.
We have bought four gilts (female pigs) and we chose Welsh White as they are rare breed and Welsh. We will be able to provide weaners every year which can then move onto the shared smallholding for raising.
The goats love to have a lot of grazing so rather than coop them up on the shared holding we are happy for those on the holding to milk our goats so that they can keep their freedom. In exchange for this we will need help with hoof trimming and dosing when we need it. This can be fun and we will make a social event out of it.
The first families and individuals to sign up will of course have the right to decide where everything goes. We have been looking at John Seymour's book and that has a great layout but that is optional of course. Memberships are for a family so it is possible to bring a few members with you to help out.
It will develop and of course as it grows it will become easier for members. So, we are offering half price membership for our first six months, starting on the 10th August 2017.
If you would like to sign up for this please get in touch at coosheedog yahoo co uk