If you go down to Woodoaks Farm on Saturday 25th, you’re sure of a Big Green Surprise! Join us for food, drink, farm walks and family fun at our special one-day event of everything planet-friendly.
The Climate Coalition’s Great Big Green Week is taking place across the UK from the 18th to 26th September, and we at Woodoaks Farm are hosting a day-long special event to raise awareness of this urgent call for action on climate change.
It’s serious stuff, but we’re incredibly excited to show what a difference we can all make – and we think it’s worth celebrating the progress we’ve made so far, by hosting a pop-up market full of sustainable producers and creators worth discovering.
Did you know that if Europe’s farmland all followed organic principles, agricultural emissions could drop by 40 to 50 per cent by 2050?
That’s why as a Soil Association farm, Woodoaks is intent on doing things differently – and we can’t wait to show you how.
So come and join us for our Great Big Green day of events from 11am til 5pm on Saturday 25th September to learn how organic food and sustainable farming can work in harmony with the planet.
With everything from farm walks to kids’ activities, a pop-up butcher, great British barbecue food, all your Tea Shack favourites such as craft coffee & stone-baked pizzas and beer from our resident and guest breweries, not to mention art, crafts and woodwork galore, there really is something for everyone – and all of it done with respect for our planet and environment.
Take a guided farm walk with the Soil Association’s Rose Lewis to learn about how we’re reducing the environmental footprint of food and agriculture, and helping people make more informed choices about how they buy and consume food. With great views and wildlife to enjoy, this one-mile walk will take in the 16th century Black Barn, as well as our farm animals, birds and plenty of wildlife.
Get the children involved with Nature Bingo and our Compost Quiz! Let them burn off some energy while they learn about the natural world and how to look after it. Who doesn’t love a game of bingo, better yet when it involves a hunt around the farm to find the bingo ‘numbers’ to bring back for a prize?
The Compost Quiz is something you can carry on at home – after a mile’s walk around the farm spotting the key items of litter we often find in the countryside, we’ll help each other work out what to do with them – are they for the refuse bin, for the recycling or ready to rot in the compost?
And following the incredible success of our Provenance Fest farmer’s market back in August, we’ve invited all our stallholders back for round two, and added a few more excellent local merchants and makers along for what will soon become a monthly Woodoaks Farm Market.
Everyone at our market is a local business that strives to be green and promote sustainability:
Whitby’s Family Farm
Why not pick up a joint for Sunday lunch from Whitby’s Family Farm producers of grass-fed beef and lamb raised on local pastures and nature reserves? Pete Whitby and his family will be around to advise on the best cuts, cooking methods and answer questions about how to enjoy meat and stay green.
Following their sell-out inaugural outing at Provenance Fest, popular outdoor cook Slothy Chef will be serving slow-cooked organic British meat and vegetables straight from the smoker, as well as running an art competition for the kids with some superb Slothy prizes up for grabs…
To wash it all down we’ve got delectable drinks on tap from our resident brewery, Creative Juices Brewing Company. Purveyors of fine craft beers, they are doing their bit for Green Week by using compostable cups and will be happy to point out the Woodoaks pet cows that enjoy their spent grain. Plus, there may be prizes for helping to save the planet… make sure you pay them a visit!
Why settle for just one brewery when you can have two? Joining us as well is The Mad Yank Brewery – owned and operated entirely by Grant & Larissa Graeber. Together they create a fusion of traditional German brewing methods (Larissa is a Franconian native who grew up in beer country) and American craft beer innovation (Grant is a nuclear engineer and rebel scum). All of their beers are made as sustainably as possible using all locally sourced materials and recycling everything, even the excess heat from the brewing process!
Take a minute and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Woodoaks Farm’s longest-standing staple, The Tea Shack. Serving up hot and cold drinks, stone-baked pizzas, and juicy burgers straight from Whitby’s Farm, they champion sustainable, local produce. To get in the big green week spirit, they will be encouraging a bring your own cup initiative and supplying younger visitors with their used coffee grounds – great for compost and encourage the next generation to get growing and discover more about the journey their food takes from farm to fork.
Stop by the studio of Rickmansworth artist Romey Brough, who has been creating masterpieces at Woodoaks for years. Inspired by the farm around her and the magic of nature across the Colne Valley, her colourful oil paintings are guaranteed to brighten your day and bring you an even greater appreciation of the beauty that surrounds us.
The Woodman’s Chisel
Also taking inspiration – as well as his materials – from nature is Steve, better known by his brand name The Woodman’s Chisel. With a workshop right next door to Romey, this skilled carpenter creates stunning items large and small, all whittled out of reclaimed wood.
Bobbin and Bash
Meet the lovely Tash of Bobbin and Bash, a local ‘mindful maker’ who crafts bunting, scrunchies, aprons, reusable gift wrap and more wonderful stuff from upcycled fabric.