It’s been a busy old Easter weekend for the Veg Men and whilst getting caught up in all the work that has been going on I found myself thinking back to what was happening twelve months ago...
This time last year we were working hard to get the greenhouse set up, we were running behind but breaking new ground while our first salads grew all around us. One thing that became quickly evident was that we could not have achieved what we did without the help our friends and family gave us, whether they were digging, picking salad or giving advice, we found their support to be one of the most important and wonderful things that our first years toil brought along.
Now we are in year two and once again those unfortunate enough to know or be related to us have been digging in (quite literally) to help get the second stage of things up and running. We took an acre of land on the outskirts of Frodsham at the end of last year and since day one we have had great help from all who dare to come for a visit. From a small army of friends marking out beds, making new paths, cutting plastic sheeting to size and barrowing mountains of compost this weekend to mums helping build fences and uncles helping plan the water pump installation, they all brought food and laughs with them by the bag full.
In terms of the sheer amount achieved in such a short space of time, the past four days have probably been the most productive we've had since we started up. And whilst there is still much to do, we are in a great place to really get things going as planned. This weekend was also helped by some cracking weather, although a lovely breeze deceived us on the true heat of the sun, with Sam came off the worst as you can see from the picture below.
One of the reasons we decided to start up the Veg Men was because we hoped to have our friends and family around us more and reflecting on the year we've had it's wonderful to see that is exactly what has happened. The amount of positivity, help and support we've received has been invaluable and if one thing is true of this last twelve months, it is that we are incredibly lucky to know so many enthusiastic people who are so generous with their time.
So a massive THANK YOU to all whom have helped, whether it’s been an hour, a day or a week. We quite simply couldn't have achieved this without you.
All that remains to be said is... when are you coming back?