Nestling 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!
Here 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
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.
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.
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. www.dibbledirect.co.uk 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.
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.
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.
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