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Open Farm Sunday – 27th June 2021

We are really looking forward to our first Open Farm Sunday here at Deepdale Farm. Open Farm Sunday has been happening across the UK for a long time now, so it is wonderful to engage in this event organised by LEAF. Come and join us at Deepdale Farm on Sunday 27th June for Open Farm Sunday. You are welcome to […]

Deepdale Farm Guided Walks

Nathan and/or Jason will lead a guided walk around Deepdale Farm on the first Thursday of each month. The walk is about 3km, and we’ll stop enroute in various places to talk about what we can see. We’ll look at crops, hedges, stewardship schemes, wildlife, regenerative farming & agroecology practices, woodland and amazing views. We’ll also be talking about the […]

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 […]

@FarmersOfTheUK Tweets

Nathan (@mrnathannelson) and Jason (@earthlyideas) spent the week from 18th January 2021 tweeting as @FarmersOfTheUK, a twitter that features a different farm each week. Each farm approaches the week different, but with the common thread being the story of the farm, and more importantly ineracting with other farmers and interested readers. Nathan & Jason came across the account when looking […]

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.

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 […]