MACALLA FARM BLOG

Natural Hoof Care for Horse Owners

Natural Hoof Care for Horse Owners

A review of our first barefoot trimming workshop Island life has a way of fostering self-sufficiency. For me, self-sufficiency in hoof care started on a windy winter morning, when our farrier rang from the harbour on the mainland, saying that, no, he wasn’t coming out...

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Climate Action at the Farm

Mentioning that Macalla is a farm is important because, as Dr. Jason Bradford points out, the future will be rural. As carers of the land and local producers of organic food, we are part of a sustainable system that help cut carbon emissions and preserve biodiversity,...

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Wild Mead – A Delicious Fermented Drink

Wild Mead – A Delicious Fermented Drink

Mead, sometimes referred to as honey wine, may not be a popular fermented drink any longer, but it is one of the most ancient ones, and it’s very easy to make.  It is made by fermenting honey with water, usually with some flavouring added. Depending on the...

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Rhubarb and Elderflowers

Rhubarb and Elderflowers

We have several elders bushes on the farm, and they have just started producing their annual crop of creamy-white,  musty smelling flowers— a bit later than usual. I love elder flowers. They have a subtle and light aroma and are traditionally used to make cordial.  We...

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Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup

Nettle and Wild Garlic Soup

Serves 4 4 large potatoes (about 1 lb) 1 large onion 1 large bag of fresh nettles tops 1 handful of wild garlic leaves 2 tablespoons ghee (or sunflower oil) Salt and pepper to taste This is a delicious soup to make in the spring, when the nettles are young and the...

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The Mare Who Wanted to be Trimmed

The Mare Who Wanted to be Trimmed

An email arrived in my inbox the other day from a former students on our Natural hoofcare courses, and I thought I should share  on this blog the amazing story of this mare who badly needed to be trimmed, and managed to find someone to do it for her. Yesterday I came...

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Kombucha

Kombucha

Our love affair with fermented food is forever deepening and growing stronger! In the early days, it was just sourdough bread, and gallons of elderflower champagne in June.  Then, in 2005, I discovered lacto fermented vegetables while woofing in the South of France...

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Foraging in June

Foraging in June

Foraging may be a bit of a dying art, for most people, it’s just blackberry picking in late Summer. But June offers some great foraging opportunities in the form of elder flowers. The elder bush is native to the British isles and  is  a very commonly found in...

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Horsemanship and Mindfulness, the Epona Approach

Horsemanship and Mindfulness, the Epona Approach

Ever since I read The Tao of Equus, I have been very interested in the Epona approach to horsemanship and Equine Assisted Learning. Recently, I  had the good fortune of attending a three day Epona workshop near Dublin with Yvonne Monahan and Rosie Withey.  One of the...

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