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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
At our most recent conservation weekend, we gave one of our oldest hedges some much-needed TLC – and planted more trees. We’re only just getting started. We’ve just been celebrating some birthdays on Deepdale Farm. Some of our hedges are three. In February 2017, 20 volunteers gathered and planted almost 3,000 hedging plants around our campsite. The hedges are a […]