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Easter Eggtravaganza

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Christmas Events at the Farm

Posted by Sallie on 2 December 2013

7th December 2013  Christmas Fayre 11am-2pm
Come and see Santa in his Grotto and the animals on the Farm.  Visit the Epicentre for Bric-a-Brac, Pre-owned toys, Tombola, Christmas wreaths and more
10th December 2013 Carol Service & Nativity 7.30pm start
Held under the barn and includes the Salvation Army Brass Band and a Nativity by children from Stainbeck United Reform Church

Scary Scarecrow Festival

Posted by Sallie on 13 November 2013

Despite wet Autumnal weather we held scarecrow building workshops ending with a Fun Day on Saturday.  Activities included a Trick or Treat Trail, face painting, bat crafts, apple bobbing and whack the rat.  Many thanks to all our visitors who made the day a resounding success

Scary Scarecrow Fun Day

Posted by Sallie on 23 October 2013

Scary Scarecrow Poster 2013

Saturday 2 November 2013

11.00am until 3.00pm

Come along to the Scary Scarecrow Fun Day but be prepared to be scared!

There will be lots to do and see including face painting, bat crafts, apple bobbing, whack the rat, a trick or treat trail and of course you will be able to come and see all the scarecrows and judge which is best. 

Don’t forget to enter your own scarecrow, its really easy. Just make a scarecrow and bring it to the Farm by 4.00pm on Wednesday 30th October.

If you need a bit of help with your scarecrow there will be scarecrow building workshops running on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Your scarecrows will need to be super scary as well as circus themed.

Good Luck with your entries!

Tragic News

Posted by Sallie on 8 August 2013

Two weeks ago, Farm Staff and Volunteers were very upset by some bad news.  Early on Saturday morning Errol, one of our alpacas was found lying in the field very severely injured.  His injuries were so severe the vet had no alternative but to put Errol to sleep.

A dog collar was found nearby in the field and Errol’s injuries suggest he was attacked by a dog.

At MVUF dogs have always been welcome and the majority of visitors act responsibly by keeping their dog on a lead at all times and under close control.  The tragic and fatal incident suffered by Errol reinforces the request that all dogs must be on a lead at all times and we ask that visitors respect this request.

New Events Announced at the Farm

Posted by Sallie on 2 May 2013

Firstly on May 15th at 10am we will be hosting the first Exploring Enterprise Event. For people aged 16-25 who are interested in becoming self-employed for more details click the link below or visit our Event on facebook

Leeds Exploring enterprise flyer option A

Also on October 5th we have the Hands on for Habitat Heroes Event which will be ‘Hands on for Crayfish and Grass Snakes’ click the link for further info or again visit the Event on our facebook page


Places for both events are limited and are allocated on a’ first come , first served’ basis so if your interested get applying and we hope to see you at one of the events soon

Bee ‘Buzz’ness

Posted by Sallie on 17 April 2013

Here’s an update on our Bee’s from our resident ‘bee’ man Tim;
‘Not a Happy Start.
Ben and I went up to the moors on Saturday to reclaim a couple of bee-hives. There are still some fairly impressive snow drifts over the tops, fortunately we didn’t have to dig the hives out. One colony had succumbed to the weather, but the other showed some signs of life.
When we returned to the Farm we noticed our best hive had been vandalised.  Someone had apparently taken the roof off and then stamped on the exposed frames. That was the only way we could account for the mud, with bits of grass in it, smeared over the comp tops. Assuming that the mus had first adhered to someones boot, it suggests that the temperatures were above freezing at the time, so the hive may have attempted to defend itself. However, without a roof, the colony will have frozen to death shortly afterwards. The other, smaller, colony at the Farm had already failed.
Being down four hives to one is a precarious way to start the year. It’s hoped that our last stock is left alone. At the first opportunity we will attempt to start new colonies in the vacated hives, but I’d have to say the outlook for a honey crop this year is already meager!
For more information on why the decline in Bees is bad for us check out this report from greenpeace.org


Valentine’s Day at the Fair

Posted by Sallie on 20 February 2013

Members of the Farm’s Garden Team enjoyed a trip to the opening of Leeds 2013 Valentine’s Fair on 14th February.  Organisers of the Fair invited us to the ceremony  which was followed by a really enjoyable couple of hours trying out the various rides for free – the Team is still talking about the great time they had!
Many thanks to Roger Tuby and his son Roger who are friends and supporters of MVUF and who invited us along.
To view the images larger please click on any of them

Spring is on it’s way…

Posted by Sallie on 19 February 2013

Spring is definitely on the way as we start to see the arrival of Lambs on the Farm. Come and visit us this half term to say hi.


Bee ‘Buzz’ness

Posted by Sallie on 5 February 2013

With 2013 well underway, we have an update on our Bees from our resident Bee Man, Tim.

‘Start of the Beekeeping Year

Ben and I ventured out into yesterday (30 Jan) squalls to do the first beekeeping job of the year. Fortunately the weathr wasn’t too bad whilst we actually had the hives open, but riding back from the moors we got walloped by a massive hailstorm.

Oxalic Acid trickle treatment is one of the measures we use agaianst varroa (mites). Ben actually saw a mite on one of the bees whilst we were doing it. All four colonies seem in pretty good shape so far! Though one of them is a bit small, and will need some TLC early doors.

The next job is to bring the moorland hives home. It’s a job for sometime in February, depending on the weather.’

Thanks Tim. Keep tuned for further updates through the year.