Our aim is to have small areas of
intensive production and larger ones where the emphasis is on
creating biodiversity. Stocking levels are low and we have made
substantial efforts to increase habitats on the holding by creating
hay meadows, ponds, hedge, woodland and orchard plantings. We are
rewarded with an abundance of wildlife and a growing flora.
We try to produce food for all
those staying on the farm as volunteers and on courses. At 1000 feet
and very short growing season this is a challenge - but we have the
labour to make it possible. We are steadily building a market for
our surplus meats and produce.
Our jersey cows
Fencing takes up a lot of our time. A hege has been planted every
year for the last 20 years. The earliest are now being laid.
It is a
few years since we have been able to make hay - with recent wet
summers we have had to hire contractors to make silage for winter
Like most beekeepers we have been struggling to make
a surplus in the last few years.
Farming at this height in Wales means sheep! We have
a flock of
about 50 Jacob and Jacob cross sheep - which are slow maturing and we therefore raise
as mutton to 18 months. We also have a flock of Soays - the
most primitive sheep found in Britain and little changed since the
We are also trying to rear mouflon - ancestor of all
domestic sheep and brought into europe in the neolithic.
Male calves are reared on for beef.