All About Slade Farm
Slade Farm is a 650 acre mixed livestock and arable organic farm. It is a special place running from the village of St Brides Major down onto the beach at Southerndown where our friends at the Heritage Coast are based.
We are a leading ecological and biodiverse farm with unique habitats for plants, insects, birds and mammals. On the land we have an SSSI area of grassland set inland plus woodlands, clifftop meadows, ponds and bird cover.
Our livestock includes 80 rare breed Gloucester Old Spot Pigs, 700 breeding pedigree Romney, Texel and Suffolk Ewes, and our 120 Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle. We grow oats for organic porridge, wheat and spelt for organic flour, plus organic beans and barley to feed the animals throughout the winter months.
As part of our system we have developed vegetable and fruit production with a market garden that grows seasonal organic crops for local people and a developing forest garden that is built on the principles of permaculture.
As a farm we are linked into supply chains for leading organic retailers on the high street and we also provide a direct sales business for local people.
For visiting groups we offer tours of this unique environment on our state of the art tractor and trailer experience. We have a general tour that introduces the farm but we can look specifically at particular elements such as animal and plant life biodiversity or the life cycle in food production (both animal and plant based); alternatively we can offer insight into planning and executing the business side of farming.
We can be flexible in developing a visit to suit you, we know the Heritage Coast well and often work with them to showcase the environment.
On site we have disabled accessible toilet facilities, we don’t provide catering although we can set up areas for picnics. We use our barns to provide space for lectures and presentations with seating on straw bales, the barns have electricity, portable PowerPoint screens and flipcharts.
We are able to park a large coach and up to 10 -25 cars depending on the weather.
Please contact Graeme Wilson for more information.
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