Autumn at The Hen’s Dens

Autumn can be a wonderful time of year to escape and unwind when the pace has eased a little, the beaches, pubs and cafes are a bit quieter and the countryside looks beautiful.  We think The Hen’s Dens at Orchard Organic Farm are a great place to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful autumn break, with apples on the trees, blackberries [...]

By | 2018-09-09T23:01:19+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Hens Dens News|0 Comments

“I’ve re-invested it dear!”

So the accountant prepared a lovely set of accounts that showed us a healthy gross profit this year ad congratulated us on a good year. I went home all pleased and upbeat and showed Emma (my wife) the headline gross profit figure to which she said, "so where is it?" to which I replied "I've reinvested it dear" to [...]

By | 2018-08-29T07:13:41+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Education, education, education …..

I regularly find myself saying 'Every day is a school day!' Education seems to be a common theme to us at present, (especially being married to a busy teacher, and with elections loaming etc.) with farm walks, Open Farm Sunday etc., coming up.  Next couple of weeks we are hosting a group of Agricultural Degree students from South Devon College [...]

By | 2018-08-29T07:14:40+00:00 April 26th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

We have been experiencing technical issues ….

Blogs are back after what has been 'abit of a break' we have finally got around to getting our website up and running properly again, sorry!  If you are looking for a bit of a potted history for what we have been upto we do regularly post golden nuggets of exciting (Emma tends to disagree!) things we have been upto [...]

By | 2018-08-29T07:15:08+00:00 April 7th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Field Lab

We have agreed to host and lead a set of Soil Association and Dutchy College FIELD LAB. The Lab is an on farm investigation / study into, in our case, Moulting of Laying Hens. Until recently the Soil Association would not permit the 'forced' moulting of laying hens as it was deemed to be 'un natural' and detrimental to the [...]

By | 2018-08-29T07:15:18+00:00 June 3rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Bee Friend

Hurrah! Great news. In a triumph for bees and the independence of science, our Environment Secretary and the chaps from Syngenta were defeated last week by an EU commission vote, which will now restrict the use of neonicotinoids on flowering crops. To descend to the Defra position, where nature is expendable unless it can be demonstrated incontrovertibly that it is [...]

By | 2018-08-29T07:15:26+00:00 May 6th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Red Tractor

. Another day, another inspection and another fee, nut good news, we are now members of the Red Tractor Farm Assurance scheme. This applies to the cattle and will allow us to sell our beef to Sainsbutry's and alike via the Organic Livestock Marking Company as we have done historically.

By | 2018-08-29T07:15:45+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments