Our Farm

Green Farm is an active smallholding cooperative farm with an vegetable garden, egg-laying poultry, pigs, cattle and sheep. The farm lies within a designated local wildlife site and we are working in close partnership with The Kent Wildlife Trust, including sponsoring a trainee. We have also been awarded the Local Wildlife Sites Silver Award for the work we are doing to improve the farm for wildlife and fauna.  There is a huge variety of protected wildlife around in the grounds including owls, bats, newts and voles.

The Habitat

The farm and vegetable garden are run with our co-operative neighbours, Jules and Emily. It is free from pesticides and other chemicals and is managed in a very traditional way. Our land is almost organic, (we have not been certified). The Kent Wildlife Trust surveyed the pasture in 2014 and identified that most of Green Farm's fields are a 'lowland meadow grassland' priority habitat under the UK and Kent Biodiversity Action Plans (UK BAP11 / KBAP12) and a Habitat of Principal Importance on S41of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act, 2006.13.


It is estimated that 97% of lowland meadows have been lost nationally since the 1930s; this dramatic decline is usually attributable to agricultural intensification and the switch from hay production to silage in the past 40 years. Lowland meadows have a rich diversity of species of flora and fauna and the most recent estimates suggest that as little as 7,500ha of lowland meadow may remain in England.


Lowland meadows support rare and declining species, Although usually dominated by grass species including sweet vernal, crested dog's tail, bents, fescues and adder's-tongue fern, it is the flowers which make this habitat aesthetically appealing to the general public. These include green-winged and common spotted-orchid, yellow rattle, oxeye daisy, dyer’s greenweed and pepper saxifrage.

Our Animals

All of our animals are free range with the ratio of land to animals particularly low, which also means that we can move the animals around fields more frequently ensuring they always have good natural grazing. 

We farm animals primarily for our cooperative's use and sell a small amount of produce to cover the costs of running the farm. Because our primary objective is not to make money, we have the luxury of being able to provide our animals with a great amount of freedom and space.

Romney & Southdown Ewes

We have our own flock of sheep which includes 14 Romney eves and 6 South Down cross Romney ewes and a southdown ram. They have the run of our fields.

Ducks

Our hens and ducks have full run of the farm and the open space.

Aberdeen Angus Cows

Green Farms ancient wealden pasture is rich in a wide variety of plants including clovers, buttercups and many different grass types, offering a mix of vitamins and minerals that make for healthier, happier cattle.

Chickens

Our hens and ducks have full run of the farm and the open space.

Middle White Pigs

Our rare breed middle white pigs have the run of a three acre field, our woodland and  the old stables at night. This gives them a lovely free range life and they are currently helping to get the ground ready for some new vegetable plots.

Dogs

Our dogs are also very much part of the family and can often be seen running around the farm.

Our Produce

Free Range Meat For Sale

Many people buy our meat because they see how our animals are reared with love and attention at Green Farm; others buy it because they have heard! Our first priority is to produce enough meat for us to eat ourselves and we sell enough to cover the costs; this makes us a hobby farm and our meat tastes like it. Enjoy! All meat is collected from Green Farm or delivered to the Battersea/Clapham/Dulwich area.

The Wildlfe Vegetable Garden

We have just started a wildlife vegetable garden & flower meadow working with Catherine Farr.  We expect to have an ambundance of seasonal vegetables from spring next year, these will be on sale for visitors to Green Farm.  

Green Farm, Duck Lane
Shadoxhurst, Kent TN26 1LT
 
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