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The Urban-Rural Hub Around Faringdon                                   16-23 June 2012

ECOFARMS - Organic Farms


SoilassociconsmallerNestling between the Thames, the Downs & The Cotswolds, the beautiful countryside around Faringdon has another interesting claim to fame. There are more organic farms within two miles of Faringdon than around any other similar sized town in the country! The Urban-Rural Partnership is REAL!

whynotcycle1Here are some of the ECOFARM events happening during ECOWEEK 2012:

  • Rodney & Sue Martin from Carswell Farm - ECOBEES & ECOBIRDS tour led by Beekeeper & RSPB experts – Tues 19th
  • Sonia Richardson at Coleshill Organics – ECOVEG horticulture tours and glass of wine or juice – Weds 20th 5.30pm onwards
  • Adam & Liz Twine at Westmill Farm – ECOWIND, to tie in with open day on Wind Farm – Sat, 23rd
  • Lydia Otter at Pennyhooks Farm – will be opening for Open Farm Sunday, 13th June – farm walks, pond-dipping, see the animals, etc

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Adam Twine & Liz Rothschild
Westmill Watchfield

Beef and cereals, community owned windfarm  and 'Root & Branch' horticultural therapy project. Also low impact living initiative,  Acorn Education and a green woodland burial site.

Richard Bolter
Pidnell Farm  Faringdon  SN7 8DY

Dairy farm. new milking parlour and buildings. 

Peter and Julie de Vere Hunt
Thrupp Farm Littleworth  SN7 8JY

Much permanent pasture along the River Thames Rotational cropping of cereals/livestock feed wader survey - breeding curlews.

Miles and Annabel Saunders
Step Farm Faringdon  SN7 8BH

First large organic farm in UK certified 1982. part owned by National Trust. Dairy herd of Pedigree and Organic Friesians, calves and beef. Horse livery. 100 Sparrow boxes. Research into plovers, grey partridge. Two mile of hedgerows planted. Ecobike stop for bacon butties and coffee. Organic beef for sale. Visitors by appointment.

Neill Saunders
Church Path Farm Faringdon  SN7 8EW

500 acres tenanted from Faringdon House Estate. Parklands, Lake and land around Folly. Mixed arable and grazing for beef. Some land of archaeological interest. Great green bush cricket. Many birds. Lovely views from all directions. Great sunsets. Barn Owl route.

Andrew and Helen Woof
Weston Farm  Buscot Wick  SN7 8DJ

500 acres mixed arable farm. Lovely farmhouse. B & B 4* award Horse livery. Woodburning stoves.

Daphne & Pat Saunders
Wood House Farm  Faringdon SN7 7NL

300 acres. Organic since 1982. Permanent pasture with arable and grazing land. Highland Cattle.

Bluebell woods. Pond created for wildlife. Rare arable Hairy Buttercup found.

Adam and Lorna Symonds
Kilmester Farm  Eaton Hastings SN7 8BP

Beef suckler herd and grain. BTO. British Trust Ornathology Recorded - In 2006 this farm had the highest number of  different birds ( 71 species) on any farm in the UK.  land by the River Thames.

David, Jonathan and Andrew Gantlett
Church Farm Shellingford  SN7 7QA

 A dairy farm producing milk for the brand Country Life Organic. Tree planting this year included some disease resistant Elms. Great variety of species including Red Kite and Skylark. Recently converted self-catering cottages are highly insulated and have condensing boilers, heat recovery ventilation, underfloor-heating, condensing boilers and a wood burning stove. Farm open during ECOWEEK. (Pls contact Andrew Gantlett to arrange a visit: 01367 710112).

Lisa & Guy Dibble
Eastrop Farm  Highworth  SN6 7PP

190 pedigree British friesians, milk sold to OMSCO the organic co op who sell to Yeo Valley. All calves are reared on the farm for milking or fattened for beef. Abederdeen angus or hereford cross cattle are butchered locally, vacuum packed and labelled ready for the freezer.Wheat is grown for bread making and sold to FWP Matthews at Shipton u Wychwood. also farm Snowswick farm @ buscot & @ Inglesham. Various farm buildings also have Solar tubes (water heating) Solar panels (water heating) Underfloor heating Woodburning stove(s) Condensing boiler Insulated loft Low energy lighting throughout. Solar tubes for heating water in dairy, plate coolers to cool milk panels for water in house plan to use heat from under cattle bedding to heat office.

Lydia Otter
Pennyhooks Farm Shrivenham  SN6 8EX

Lydia cares for autistic children.Educational Centre for Young People with Autism to learn Countryside skills.  Will be having a Farm Open Day on 1st June 11.30 - 5.00pm 

Paul & Clare Sykes
Clare’s Organics Westmill

Paul and Clare Sykes are a Soil association registered organic monthly meat box scheme based at westmill farm, watchfield. We raise our own organic chicken and use other local (no more than 15 miles away) organic beef pork and lamb in our boxes.  The chickens range from a very early age (around 10 days old, weather depending) on our clover leys. They have plenty of cover to scratch about in and dust baths that are very popular! Onsite: Photovoltaic panel(s) & Wind turbine.

Anne Gow
Farmer Gow's Fernham  SN7 7PR

Not an organic farm, but many other ecocredentials. Farmer Gow's; the 'favourite place on earth' for lots of young visitors. 'Farmers Market ~ Sun 15 June 10am - 1pm Farmer Gow's is open daily throughout Ecoweek and throughout the year ~ 10am - 5pm Meet the Animals ~ at 11am and at 2pm Bottle feeding, chick handling, egg collecting, goat & ferret walking. Trailer Rides ~ Bale Climbs ~ Pedal Tractors ~ indoor and outdoor play areas Farm Shop with Cafe area and Picnic Areas. 

Pete & Sonia Richardson
Coleshill Organics  Coleshill SN6 7PT

Coleshill organics was established over 10 years ago to provide local food for local people. nearly 400 seasonal vegetable boxes are delivered weekly in the local area. Visitors to the shop (open wed pm - sat pm) in the walled garden are welcome to explore the garden and see the veg growing. Around the farm we also have Photovoltaic panel(s) , Wind turbine &  Woodburning stove(s) .
Garden tour starting 18.00 Wednesday 16th June at the walled garden, coleshill. Learn or discover more about organic horticulture. Glass of wine or juice to round the evening off.

Haydn Morris
White Horse Nursery Fernham SN7 7PR

Recently opened fruit & veg nursery to encourage local food. Going the organic route

Adam & Liz Twine/Rothschild
Colleymore Farm  Coleshill SN6 7PU

Dairy, Beef, Cereals and camps.  Various Farm buildings also have Photovoltaic panel(s), Underfloor heating, Condensing boilers, Low energy lighting throughout, and  Eco paints  

Martin and Anne Kidson-Trigg
Friars Farm   Shrivenham       SN67PZ

permanent pasture, grazing beef

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