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Ardeley
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 68
Persons: 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 60076
Country: England

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Last Updated: August 10, 2017

About the Farm
The Farm is 170 acres and includes:

New orchard of 8 acres, 130 varieties of fruit: apples, gages, plums, cherries, quince, medlar, pears, damsons, mulberries and more

Vicarage Field: 2 acre soft fruit enclosure, a little bit of ‘every berry’

20 acres of permanent grassland and 80 acres of grass clover leys

10 acres of field vegetables

2 acre walnut orchard

4 acres of wild bird seeds and pollen/nectar mix

30 acres of woods, including: 3 acres of ancient hornbeam coppice, 7 acres of established 60 year old woodland and 20 acres of mixed, mainly hardwoods, planted over the past 10 years

2 acres of rough nesting ground along a line of old clay pits

2 ponds established in 1996, two more flood ponds and a new pond in the vegetable gardens

8 acres growing vegetables and herbs

A Farm to Produce Food for People.
It is a “community interest company” set in order to innovate and create sustainable small farm enterprises. It took us 6 years of huge losses and a steep learning curve to get to full production and to break even! It is still a work in progress and a never ending challenge.

We produce every cut of meat, every vegetable and fruit we can here. Value is added through doing our own butchery and processing, making ready meals and we are reliant on people eating our food to sustain the farm in the pub, cafe, and direct farm retail.

To produce such a wide range of food, without using fungicides and pesticides, and in a manner we are proud of takes a lot of people. We have a core team of full and part time people who help across the enterprises, we provide supervised work experience for adults with difficulties and education, have volunteers, students and interns contributing to getting the huge amount of work done to grow food and bring it to market. In all there about 48 full and part time staff on the payroll to run the farm, cafe, shop & pub.

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