Waltham Place Farm is a 220 acre organic and biodynamic farm of which 50 acres is woodland and gardens, 40 acres is arable and the remainder is permanent pasture and grass leys. We keep a herd of native Jersey cows and native Angus-cross Jersey cows, a flock of Castlemilk Moorit sheep and a small flock of free range chickens. We are a closed system providing for our own needs rather than buying in. We grow cereal crops for winter feed for the livestock, make our own hay and silage for winter fodder for the cattle, and grow stubble turnips for the sheep. From time to time we buy in new bulls and rams to replenish the bloodlines and ensure healthy livestock. We mill rye and wheat flour for breadmaking. We make our own butter from our Jersey Milk and use this to produce the wonderful biscuits in our tearoom.
The fields are strip grazed using electric fencing to ensure the animals have fresh grass, producing less waste and reduced ground impact. The fields are sprayed with biodynamic preparations 500 and 501, which we make ourselves. We believe that a healthy soil produces healthy food so manure is spread onto the arable fields before ploughing to feed the soil. We grow potatoes, cabbages, carrots and onions in the fields on a small scale.