Thursday, 27 July 2017

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm is just down the road from where we live, a perfect place to visit for a quick walk amongst the animals. The goats were greeting visitors

while the resident rabbit sat and waited for people's admiration

The sheep were busy eating

the beautiful new sheep hut was empty today, but no doubt is being enjoyed as a shelter in the rain and at night

The hens were very excited, digging worms from the floor of their shed

while the wild birds have lovely birdboxes like this one

and the bees enjoy the nectar

in the various wildflower patches

The farm is involved with Scotland the Bread, which brings together plant breeders, farmers, millers, bakers, nutritionists and citizens to produce nutritious grain, mill it close to home and use it to make wholesome, slowly-fermented bread. The organisation works with scientists to research heritage Scottish and Nordic wheats to find nutrient-rich varieties that do well in local conditions. They aim to stimulate a market for the improved grains by building capacity in community-scale, artisan bread making. Scotland the Bread has helped the farm to set up a small wheat field, which when it is harvested will be used in homemade bread to be sold in the farm cafe.

Talking of the cafe, it's lovely to see that it's now been reopened and is looking better than ever, with it's whitewashed walls, animal themed tablecloths and farm themed bunting.

The carrot cake is delicious too, probably the best carrot cake I've tasted!


eileeninmd said...

Hello, the farm is wonderful. I love to visit with the animals. The bunny is adorable. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

Lynn said...

What a lovely place! A gentle visit - thanks for sharing it.

RG said...

Here where I live there is a brand new large bread research center and many local farmers, large and small, grow a big variety of wheats and such for specialty breads of all sorts. It is great to see the diversity and variety and a way for small plot farmers to make a good product and a decent living.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Eileen, Lynn - yes the farm is a wonderful place!

Rabbits Guy - that research centre sounds interesting and it's great that your local farmers grow a big variety of wheat.