For those that don't know me, I'm Jesse, a thirty-something guy with a chance to bring Mole Hall Wildlife Park into its new life as a rural small holding producing locally raised British meat and exceptional produce.
We have a 30 acre site in rural Essex to rebuild and remould into its new life, certainly not a small task! I am doing this, for the most, along with help from family and those who I can rope in with payment of coffee, cake and a lot of gratitude whilst doing it all around the day job that's mainly bankrolling this project.
Sometime between Sunday 2nd 2022 October and Monday 3rd October 2022 my petrol post rammer was stolen from the farm. This invaluable piece of kit which was a huge purchase for the farm and one that I am still paying the finance off is heavily relied upon to get all the fencing slowly redone to give us the paddocks for the livestock.
I do not have investors, nor a bank loan or any form of chunks of money to complete this, so it's all being done slowly using the wages from the day job to fund the fencing, materials and running of the place until we can start producing fresh produce for everyone.
Putting things into perspective each 100m line of fencing is likely to cost me roughly £1000 for just the materials alone. I don't think I even want to work out how many meters we need right now... Because that's a lot of lambs I need to raise.
The chickens cost £40 a week to keep and we all know how forth coming they are with eggs at the moment.
Each grow bed will cost £50 in materials to build, with the first grow area holding ten beds, that's a lot of carrots I need to grow!!
The microgreen room which I've just got all my registration through for is going to cost £300 to set up to bring fresh greens year round to you all.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what's needed for materials, feed, hay, bedding....
Losing this tool not only stops the fencing work but also stops me from being able to move the livestock to any new paddocks, and stops me from being able to build roofed chicken enclosures so they can get some fresh air without being at risk of bird flu. It completely halts the progress of the farm! There is an endless list of jobs to do, but without being able to do fencing the rest become obsolete.
This project is not small and nor is the goal for the farm, but if this farm has taught me anything it's that it is so much bigger than just me. Everyone that I have talked to about this huge project is behind me, everyone wants to support us and be able to get locally grown produce. So this is me asking for help, something I never do and asking for a community to help me breathe life back into this site.
If anyone has any questions or would like to get involved in helping them I would love to hear from you.
Thank you, Jesse