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 [...]
New Brand, New Website, New Ventures ……. New Challenges! New Brand – instigated by new ventures, designed by a friend and very clever graphic designer, we hope you agree how good it is! New Website – again instigated by new ventures our website has been totally remade and again we hope you agree how good it has turned out! [...]
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 [...]
One of our customers said to me yesterday that he feels that providing a home for his family and good food to eat are his two priorities and that everything after that i.e. flash cars, big holidays, smart gadgets etc., are purely a bonus! I happen to think he is quite possibly right and that we have become far to complacent about a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
We have posted a great little video clip on our Facebook page which you can get to via the facebook links on this site. Hope you enjoy!
. 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.