Godney Aquaponics

Godney Aquaponics
In the village of Godney, with the beautiful back drop of the Glastonbury Tor, Melv and Sal are embarking on a new venture. Fed up with the poor quality of veg in the shops, they have the ambition to set up an aquaponics system to provide fresh vegetables and salad crops for the village, and with a little help from their hens a supply of fresh free range eggs too.

What is Aquaponics??

What is Aquaponics??
Aquaponics is a sustainable method of producing quality food with minimal external inputs. It is a system that combines conventional aquaculture (e.g. fish in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Water from the aquaculture system is fed to the hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down and are utilised by the plants as nutrients, and the water is then re-circulated back to the aquaculture system.

Saturday 27 November 2021

There aint no drama with a Brahma!!

On a bitterly cold winters day, one of our lady Brahmas brought a ray of sunshine. Let me introduce you to the lady.
This is Buffy the Brahma and today was a very special day for her - she laid her very first egg!! It is lovely to think that she is 'one of our own', hatched out by Carpet our lovely bantam mother.
We watched her grow with her siblings, through spikey tails, bad hair days and fluffy bottoms.
Being a large breed of chicken their growth rate was incredible and they were soon in the outside coup using the perch and bigger than their foster mother!!
However one grew more than the others - let me introduce Buffy's brother
This is Big Boy - our Brahma cockerel - he's getting up to 40cm tall, but he is so soft he is lovely and a joy. He too had a special moment not so long ago - he started to crow!!
They certainly are very special hens in many ways - looks and temperament just to name a couple.
And certainly a very welcome addition to the flock and now of course their eggs are soon to become a very welcome addition to our egg boxes.
Bigger than a bantam but not yet hen size, Buffy's first egg (top middle) looks like porcelain, with a gorgeous pinky tinge - beautiful, just like Buffy and her brother and sisters.

Home grown

Now normally with our horticultural hats on when we talk about home grown we are refering to vegetables. But for the first time since we hav...