Robots at Deepdale

We’re delighted to share that Deepdale Farm has partnered with Antobot and Loughborough University on a new UKRI-funded project that will bring unmanned aerial and ground vehicles to the farm. At Deepdale Farm, while we are farming organically and adopting age-old methods now fashionably described as ‘regenerative’, we are also keen to understand how technology can help us farm better. […]

Green woodworking in the brick barn

Richard Rood has been running a regular pop-up shop at Dalegate Market for the past few years, selling beautiful items of woodcraft from spurtles to stools. He also demonstrates his work on the pole lathe, and has always been happy to answer questions and share what he knows. So we got chatting with Richard about doing more to share his […]

What we’re learning about cover crops

This is a longer read than usual, a follow-on from our post about fixing our soils. As heavy rain fell last February after an already wet January, our soil had no more capacity to hold water, and it ran off the fields in growing rivulets, carving channels up to three feet deep and carrying soil away with it by the […]

Interview with Land Management 2.0

This week, Jason and Nathan interviewed with Tim Hopkin, founder of the Land App and Land Management 2.0, an community interest company bringing together experts and thought leaders in landscape management. We use the Land App extensively at Deepdale Farm, from designing our mid tier Countryside Stewardship agreement to various other planning tasks. Land Management 2.0 has been a brilliant […]

The problem with root veg

Despite all of our progress with bringing in more sustainable practices on the farm, rainy weather is still causing us issues – runoff and erosion from some fields is exacerbated by bare and loose soils left after harvest of root crops. Here’s why it’s a problem and what we’re doing to prevent more runoff and soil erosion in future.

Farming is changing. Here’s how we’re preparing

Along with farms across England, we’ve been waiting for more detail from the government on proposed reforms to agricultural policy that are set to be the most dramatic in half a century. We will be waiting a bit longer for all of the detail we need, but following a new announcement from Defra last week, we know a little more […]

Drilling our first organic wheat crop

Yesterday was a very special day on the farm as we drilled our first organic wheat crop. This wheat crop is special for a few reasons: It’s our first organic food crop This really marks the beginning of our journey into organic and regenerative agriculture, farming sensitively and with the health of our soils and wildlife in mind. The crop […]

Fixing our soils

The flooding and erosion we experienced over last winter showed us that the soil on Deepdale Farm was in need of attention. ‘Farmed out’ was one expression used, not the way we say we farm something out when we get someone else to do a job, but that the soil had literally had the goodness farmed out of it. Deepdale […]

Copy and paste flower-rich grassland

We took a quick trip over to Warham today where farmer Phil Harrison had kindly left us some bales of cut grasses and wildflowers. We moved these to Deepdale Farm where we plan to spread them on one of our fields – this mix of dozens of species is truly diverse and couldn’t be replicated using bought-in seed. It’s a […]

Looking Forward after a Wet Winter

Here at Deepdale Farm, we have great ambitions to improve the farm for wildlife and people and to farm more sustainably. We’ve been thinking about a wide range of projects – no idea is too insane. We’re really excited about the future. Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, however (as John Lennon sang). So thanks to […]