I have just started my holidays, so want to wish you all well in the gardening and ROK work for the next two weeks.
We met some friends here yesterday and were telling them about ROK.
They were amazed that such an innovative enterprise could be happening!
This is also the view of many people I meet day-to-day while working.
Older people in particular marvel at the tomatoes and cucumbers and say
how it reminds them of their own gardens of old. I think we should all
be aware of the positive impressions ROK is creating.
I am now
roughly mid-way through my contract and the ROK season is likewise half
in. Looking back on photos of the glasshouse and field just a few months
ago and how we have created such a verdant venture, I think we should
all be proud of the achievements. I know some of you are worried about
the weeds on the field, but believe me this is not bad for a large,
organic, field crop. If we can just keep it well managed for the next
few weeks, then it will begin to get easier. At the same time, all our
hard work will be paying off with ever more vegetables being added to
The buzz and activity on a Thursday is
extraordinary! Last Thursday, for example, in answer to the call for
more help, there must have been 20-30 people helping in the shed and
field. The share has now grown so much, a small team is busy all
afternoon just to get it weighed and sorted. As I left for home, there
were still people arriving to help. It´s this kind of cooperative spirit
that ROK is all about, in my view.