We are absolutely passionate about the planet, regenerating our land, and the welfare of all our animals.
Everything we do here at Farm2Fork is done with the consideration of the soil, the pastures, and the animals at the very heart of it, encouraging biodiversity both on the ground and above it.
We use the farm as a tool to teach others about the benefits of pasture-raised farming and we regularly welcome volunteers from across the globe to learn about our methods.
Our organic farm offers the perfect place for our 100% grass-fed cattle, sheep and pasture-raised poultry to live their lives in the most natural way we can offer.
At the forefront of everything is the health of the pasture. We only graze the pasture when it’s fully recovered from the previous grazing cycle, and this allows varied species to thrive. It allows for more slower growing species to mature, and it means that when the animals do graze the land, they are getting the very best nutrients.
We mob our cattle and sheep together using a practice called holistic planned grazing, which means they are always being moved to allow the pastures to recover, and this also lowers the parasite burden in our cattle and sheep.
The poultry can’t range across the whole of the farm, but we give the birds as many different spaces as we can. They help reinvigorate the pastures and this in turn produces the healthiest soil.
By managing our farm holistically, we consider what the soil needs and what the animals need, and we work symbiotically to encourage a diversity of species.
We don’t rush production and the meat is allowed to mature slowly.
Seasonality is also key for us. We don’t try and force animals through the winter months if they’re not natural winter-loving breeds, and we work with the seasons rather than battling against them to rear more animals. This is why we work on a smaller scale and why our animals get the attention they deserve.
There’s no antibiotic use unless it’s absolutely essential, and we steer clear from chemicals on the farm. We’ve got certification to say we reach the stringent organic standards required – but we also believe we go above and beyond that to focus on regeneration, rather than just sustainability.
Our lush organic pastures are rich in nutrients and vitamins so the meat that reaches your plate is lower in saturated fat, higher in vitamins A, E, and has a healthier balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids than it’s conventionally reared counterpart.
The meat is healthier because our animals enjoy the diet they are supposed to eat, in essence “you are what you eat eats”.
WHAT IS 100% GRASS-FED?
Here at Farm2Fork we feed our cattle and sheep on nothing but grass. This method reflects the original diet of the animals to produce the healthiest meat.
WHAT IS PASTURE-RAISED?
Our geese, turkeys and chickens are allowed to range freely and moved every day to fresh pasture where they live stress-free happy lives.
ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES
So what exactly does organic mean? In basic terms it’s farming at the very highest levels of animal welfare, saying no to pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilisers, and managing our land in a way that encourages more wildlife.
The slaughter of our animals is as important to us as the life of our animals. That’s why we only work with abattoirs that adhere to best industry practice.
The grazing system adopted at Farm2Fork delivers far higher welfare standards for our livestock than more intensive farming methods, with animals grazing in herds and living outdoors year-round.
There’s a lot to be said for eating grass-fed meat. Scientific research has shown that by eating meat, eggs and milk from grass-fed and pasture-fed livestock, your body is better equipped at fighting disease compared to eating industrially raised produce. Put simply, you are what you eat eats.
Better for Nature
The developing world’s insatiable appetite for animal protein continues to put pressure on our planet’s resources. While many people in the world are still undernourished and struggle to find food, it’s estimated that one billion tonnes of wheat, barley, oats, rye, maize, sorghum and millet is used every year to feed livestock. These grains could be used instead to feed a human population.