The Farm & Our Produce
Green Farm is working smallholding co-operative situated in the heart of the Kent countryside and within a designated local wildlife site. Our focus is conservation farming, enhancing our land for the wildlife that calls it home, and producing the best quality Beef, Lamb, Mutton and Pork in the most natural way possible.
The make-up of the farm is 85% traditional grass meadows, 10% ancient oak woodland and 5% farmhouse and surrounding buildings which we have diversified into a holiday barn, yoga studio and Spa.
In a typical year, the make-up of animals on the farm is: seven to 10 head of cattle; 20 to 30 ewes; 20 to 30 lambs; three to four pigs and around 15 chickens.
All our animals are free range. Our cattle and sheep are 100% grass fed (in addition to their mother’s milk), Our pigs are fed on a mixture of raw kitchen leftovers / off-cuts of vegetables, sour milk provided by our neighbor dairy – Plurenden Manor Farm – and pig nuts. Our chickens also benefit from kitchen veg off-cuts in addition to mulch and grain, they reward us with stunningly yellow yolk eggs and firm whites. To find out more about the values of our meat and ways to purchase click here.
While our farm is only 50 acres, we believe a small farm can still have a big positive impact ecologically, agriculturally and within society. We aim to educate and inspire everyone who visits us and beyond the farm gate too, the nucleus of this being the Pearce Coggan Foundation and our Community Wildlife & Vegetable Garden.
The family farm is run together with our good friends and co-operative neighbors, 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. The vegetable garden is currently being overhauled (January 2021) with an aim to significantly increase the breadth and depth of fruit, veg and salads we produce enabling us, our guests, and visitors to literally eat local as much as possible, all year round.
To find out more about the Wildlife Community Garden and the Pearce Coggan Foundation, including opportunities to get involved click here.