Welcome to your Brookfield Farm + Spring Hiveshare newsletter.
We have lots of exciting news this newsletter - starting with this new very pretty short film on Brookfield Farm landscape and produce.
Film by ben.ie, lovely photos by nathalie.ie. First commissioned by Image Interiors and Living Magazine.
AND Hivesharers ..... save the date! Hiveshare 2017 Honey Celebration Day is - Sunday August 2oth midday to 4pm. We can't wait to welcome you to Brookfield Farm for a wonderful day out for you and children. Look out for the booking link and more Honey Celebration details in our next newsletter.
Lots more fun bee facts and great farm photos on facebook - like our page to get them!
Did you know that we make beeswax candles by hand the traditional way.
But how is it done? Rain, a wonderful farm volunteer made this fun video to show the long, slow process of hand dipping our beautiful dinner candles but it's speeded up for viewing!
Look at this gorgeous lamb, a really jolly one... we all love her. Only 8 days old and already she rules the roost!
Bees at Easter
The bees are gearing up after the winter and and are happily collecting nectar and pollen from spring blossoms right now. Did you know that pollen is the protein for baby bees? The forager bees bring bright coloured pollen in special 'baskets' on their legs.
We check each hive now the weather is warmer, to see how each colony got through the winter, as the cold and wet March was hard on the bees. We also look to see how much honey store is left, and how the brood is developing. Most colonies are doing very well and producing lots of baby bees.
Nuffield Agricultural Scholarship
Ailbhe is researching farms selling direct to consumers and selling harvests in advance.
Right now she is undertaking travel to the UK and other countries to research individual casestudies. These will be written up for the Nuffield knowledge bank as a report.
Bees and Wild flower meadows
We were really pleased with our wildflower meadows sown on the farm last year. They were alive with butterflies, bees and insect eating birds last summer.
We are preparing to sow around 11 acres of wildflowers again next month. They should be in full bloom for the Honey Celebration Day! A gorgeous sight.
Brookfield Farm lamb
Order now.. only €20 to reserve your tasty and healthy grassfed lamb from our meadows.
We have lambs up to weight, which can be delivered freezer-ready to your door. Delicious, convenient and nutritious meals this spring and summer.
Normally we run a competition to celebrate Easter etc. But this time we are the winners!
The Design Council of Irelandhave selected Brookfield Farm Hivegifts for a stall in their special area at Ireland's biggest garden festival Bloom. We are delighted! Thank you to DCCOI, we'll be running show specials to celebrate.
Drop by to say hi - the Design Ireland area 1-5 June 2015 Phoenix Park, Dublin. bloominthepark.com/
Handmade pure beeswax candles
We love making our natural candles - pure beeswax hand poured and hand dipped candles. Have a look at our range - Easter candle anyone?
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