There’s always a lot going on at the farm. Lambing is always a super-busy time, of course, but there are plenty of other exciting things to share with you. We try very hard, here at Heronbrook to work alongside nature and you’ll see lots of environmental and sustainable farming projects describe here.
What makes a shepherd? I was asked this recently – what is the difference between simply owning sheep and being a shepherd? For us, a key part of the answer is to know and understand your flock. This makes owning them much more enjoyable (who doesn’t love a woolly cuddle) but essentially, for the flock, […]
An exciting time in the shepherds’ calendar is putting the rams in with the ewes, and this is what we have just done! This is the start of lambing 2021, and the success of that begins right here and now. You might think this is just a quick and random event, but not so. Weeks […]
Summer 2020 … for the team here at Heronbrook Farm it meant puppies, gorgeous, squidgy, wriggly puppies, and what fun it has been. In June, our chocolate working cocker spaniel bitch Truffle came into season and the wheels for the litter that we had been planning for the last 18 months were put into motion. […]
So just what exactly does it take to produce our YouTube videos? If you check out the link below, we’ll take you behind the scenes and show you the cameras, lighting and sound set-up we use in the Commercial Kitchen. When we started in the YouTube game about 8 months ago we did everything with […]
What does a quirky shepherd get to help her with sheep jobs… A horse of course! Meet Blue, the latest member of #teamHeronbrook. Blue is a young thoroughbred who has recently stepped out of the racing world in search of a second career, and landed up with us on our little farm in Derbyshire. He […]
It feels like a big change is upon us, the shifting of the seasons. Nature is leading the way of course, we can simply observe and draw our own conclusions, reacting to the signs they lay out for us to read, the preparations that they have already made for the season ahead. Four large flights […]
We’re five months into our Youtube adventure, and with 1,500 lovely subscribers, its time for our first giveaway. All you need to do is subscribe to the channel and leave us a comment on this video to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic KitchenAid Classic stand mixer. In addition, the two runners […]
It’s been a crazy month with so many completely different things going on that my head literally hurts. The number of times I have caught myself running around in circles achieving nothing to completion are too numerous to count as while I start one job, my attention is sought elsewhere. So please overlook the lack […]
After some careful planning, we’ve finally taken the plunge and installed a Bradley P10 Hot smoker in the commercial kitchen at Heronbrook Farm. The P10 is the newest smoker in the Bradley professional range and will be put to use immediately making smoked chicken, pastrami, pulled pork and other delicious hot smoked treats in the […]
It’s time for the next big “gather” of the flock for a thorough check of their health and condition, and to treat them in order to protect against the worst and most common of the parasites. This is a whole family affair, so we’re all out setting up the system, carrying out various stages of […]
The Craft Room is about to move up a gear and there is a new love in my life… It arrived this week, it’s the most beautiful fabric I have had the pleasure of working with and its called… Harris Tweed. My search for suitable material for some makes and projects began years ago. In […]
The weather put itself firmly back into the limelight early this week with some fantastic and dramatic storms. We needed it, the air had got so close and oppressive. We love storm-watching, and although I didn’t catch any dramatic lightning strikes on camera, I did manage to catch the entire sky lit up. At one […]
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