The Farm

Running The Farm

Jon, farm manager

Getting things right on the farm is the most important thing we do… But then I would say that, because I’m the farm manager!

We actually have two farms – but we aren’t only about the cows. We also grow crops for their feed, work hard at wildlife conservation and a whole lot more!

Things that really matter to us...

Looking after our wildlife

Looking after our wildlife

We work incredibly hard to look after all the wildlife on our farms – we need birds and small animals to eat the bugs that could harm our crops, and we want to protect the landscape (and everything that lives in it) for generations to come.

As organic farmers, we don’t use any artificial fertilisers or chemical sprays. This is an incredibly important way of creating an environment for our wildlife to thrive in. We’ve also dedicated 25 acres of our farm purely to giving homes to wild animals like field mice, voles and skylarks. We also leave extra-wide margins around all our fields so our resident barn owls can happily hunt for their supper.

Nature's energy supply

Clover

Nature's energy supply

If you can remember your biology from school, you’ll know plants need nitrogen to grow – so we grow fields of red and white clover which do the trick fantastically.

The flowers take nitrogen from the air and put it straight into the soil to enrich it, helping future plants that grow there to thrive, while the leaves act like millions of tiny solar panels, removing nitrogen from the atmosphere and storing the energy in the soil where it’s available for other plants. At the end of the cycle we cut the clover and feed it to our cows – much to their delight.

So you see, this way, everyone’s a winner.

Trees and hedges

Trees and Hedges

Trees and hedges

Most of the hedges and woods on our farms have been around for hundreds of  years – and we hope they’ll be around for hundreds more to come.

We’ve introduced heaps more young trees around our dairies as a way of conserving our natural species, attracting wildlife and making the area look even prettier. We also plant plenty of new hedges – whilst looking after all the old ones – they give birds and small animals places to shelter and build their homes, so they’re really important.

Want to learn more?

Come for a tour!

Come for a tour!

Come for a tour!

Get up close and personal with us on one of our farm tours. We’ll take you around, show you what we do and, at the end, have an all-important tasting session.

Pay us a visit

We also do school trips with Farmlink

We also do school trips with Farmlink

We’ve teamed up with fantastic charity FarmLink to help teach children all about farming, food and the environment. To learn a bit more about the great things they’re doing, head over to their website.

We run lots of different sessions with Farmlink, so if you’re interested in setting up a trip, please get in touch.

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Supporting British Farmers

Supporting British Farmers

Supporting British Farmers

As the things we make became more popular, we couldn’t supply all the milk we needed from our own cows. So, over the years, we’ve formed partnerships and pooled our resources with other farmers in co-operatives (where the farmers jointly own the business that collects, sells and sometimes processes the milk).

The original co-operatives were OMSCO (the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative) and Milk Link. Milk Link is now a part of Arla (a co-op that started out in Sweden and Denmark, which is now in the UK), and we’re proud to say we now have over 250 farmers’ co-operatives helping to supply us with great milk.

On a quest for the best organic fruit

Organic Fruit Quest

On a quest for the best organic fruit

Are you an organic fruit grower, or know someone who is? Better still, are you based in the UK? We’re always looking out for people to team up with, so please drop us a line at fruit@yeovalley.co.uk – we’d love to have a chat.

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