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 to improve the quality of the habitat for the wonderful nature and we previously sponsored a trainee for a year. 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 farm is run together with our good friends and co-operative neighbours, Jules and Emily.
Our meadows are free from pesticides and other chemicals and are managed in a very traditional way. Our land is essentially organic, though 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. Their full report can be found here
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.
For information on the wildlife, please see our page on Conservation & Sustainability
Community Wildlife Vegetable Garden
We are delighted to have Catherine Farr (Artist and former teacher) part time in our community garden, who is responsible for the management and development of the garden.
The Community Wildlife Vegetable Garden is a core facility and resource of the Pearce Coggan Foundation. The Garden is used by local schools, community service and individuals who all benefit from being in the environment. Volunteers always welcome!
The garden was created from a 0.24 hectare (0.6 acres) rough piece of farmland, leased on a peppercorn rent from Green Farm, that was initially cleared by the farm pigs.
To find out more about the Wildlife Community Garden and the Pearce-Coggan Foundation, including opportunities to get involved click here.
All of our animals are outdoors all the year round 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.
As small-scale producers, the welfare of our animals is our priority and our free-range, grass fed meat has quickly gained a reputation for quality and great taste.
We produce meat for our guests and our cooperative farming neighbours, and we also sell a selection of cuts via our meat page.
Meat can be collected from Green Farm or we can deliver locally or send by courier.