I was cycling home recently when I saw someone trimming a verge with a string-stimmer. It looked like hot, slow and tiring work – the strimmer could only take small bites of the rank grass, it was obviously quite heavy and the user was wearing long sleeves and trousers and … Continue reading The Trimming Scythe – it’s not all about haymaking you know! »
Learning to sharpen the scythe on the Introductory Scythe Course, May 2012We still have a couple of places left on our Introductory Scythe Course on May 25th. An Introductory course is a great place to start using a scythe, or as a refresher if you have had one for a … Continue reading Introductory Scythe Course, May 25th »
With the lengthening days our thoughts are turning towards the main mowing season, and making sure our scythes are ready to mow. If your scythe has been gathering dust (or worse rust….) all winter we have just the workshop to get you set up for the year ahead. On 7th … Continue reading Get Ready to Mow!
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Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust will have a Seed Swap table at the Eco Fair in the National Woollen Museum, Drefach Felindre on Saturday 23rd March, 10am until 3pm. Bring along your home-saved or spare seed to swap and share! There will be seed available from the Heritage Seed Library (HSL), … Continue reading Seed Swap, Scythe Stand and Apple Grafting Workshop »
We have just finalised our scythe course dates for 2013. We will be running several Introductory courses, a Peening and Sharpening workshop and a Mowing Workshop for the more experienced mower. See our courses page for more information.
Practicing scything and sharpening techniques before heading off to the field to mow, WalesSeptember has been an interesting month for scythe courses. First off, on 8th September we taught a Beginners Scythe Course in Guernsey. It has been an interesting challenge, convincing the folk of the island to give the … Continue reading The Scythe Renaissance in Guernsey and in Wales »
This Sunday, 15th July is our Social Mow and Haymaking day at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust (see previous post for details.) The event will go ahead as planned, pretty much whatever the weather does – the grass is easier to mow wet anyway and we have a nice dry … Continue reading Social Mow on Sunday 15th July will happen, whatever the weather! »
Grass falling to the scythe during our social mowing event in 2010We would like to invite you to join us for our annual Mowing and Haymaking day at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust on Sunday 15th July. This is a free event, a chance to meet fellow scythers, share your favourite … Continue reading Social Mowing and Haymaking Day at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust »
Learning to sharpen the scythe with a stoneAfter all that rain, the sun shone on us for our first Beginners Scythe Course of the season. In the morning, eight enthusiastic students learnt how to set up a scythe then practised mowing the grass in one of our paddocks, while our … Continue reading May Scythe Course in the Sunshine »