We work our beautiful farm for the benefit of our animals and for wildlife, improving the landscape and soil, and creating interesting, fun and satisfying jobs at the same time. We stay true to our pioneering spirit. Creating space on the farm where great ideas can grow. And we produce organic food from all this.
Our family has farmed at Eastbrook since 1950, courtesy of our landlords, the Church of England. When Dad gave me the opportunity to take over in 1986 I decided to experiment with organic farming – to see if we could grow good quality crops and animals, while making more space for nature too. We’ve never looked back.
There’s a huge amount going on here. We have a dairy herd, lots of calves and beef cattle, 300 Romney ewes, 200 British Saddleback sows, 400 acres of cereal and pulse crops and a small flock of laying hens. So there’s lots of food flowing from the farm, and I hope you will try some of it.
At a time when many farms get by with very few people, I’m proud of the fact that we can employ 12 on the farm, and many more in the rest of our ventures. It’s a busy place, sometimes rather chaotically so, and takes a lot of organising, but the place is alive, and none of what we do would be possible without such a great team.
Cherries, damsons, quince, pears, apricots, almonds, mixed berries and more. My latest folly is the planting of thousands of trees at Lower Farm. I’ve long been fascinated by some of the permaculture ideas, and how we can integrate productive trees into our farmland to improve overall productivity while enhancing wildlife, and protecting soils.
Activities on the farm
This is your place to enjoy. With the ancient trail of the Ridgeway dissecting the farm, and lots of footpaths too, it’s a great place to walk, ride and cycle across wonderful countryside, with heaps of wild flora and fauna, and all our fabulous livestock to admire too.
We are able to support a huge range of wildlife on the farm – from invertebrates to mammals and birds. The deer are a glorious sight especially on a frosty bright winter morning. There are foxes, badgers, hares fighting, like hares do. Buzzards, hawks and owls are simply thrilling. Songbirds multiply noisily, and when they get too popular, the kestrels sort them out.
Organic Farm & Food
We’re now combining everything—the pigs, the cows and calves, the landscapes, the wildlife—deer, owls, badgers, flora and fauna generally, although not all of it appears on cue. Our colleague James Andrews, expert at wildlife photography among other skills, will lead the ‘Safari’ tours, in the red land rover
Tackling the virus crisis ...
We have set up a farm shop at the Royal Oak in Bishopstone for groceries, organic meat and freshly prepared meals to take-away during the current restrictions on in-house dining. Please see our social media for updates and a full list of available produce.
Delighted that our organic Corned Beef is being applauded across the land. 5* reviews with Abel and Cole and a Silver award at British Charcuterie Live!