Church Farm Ardeley

A Free Range Experience


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Christmas at the Farm

Christmas time is a busy time at the farm.  While the harvesting is winding down, and there is likely to be more mud around, there is still plenty to see and do at Church Farm.

Spot the Reindeer
Reindeer TrailWith a Farm Day Pass you can follow the farm trail, spot the Reindeer, see the horticulture garden, enjoy the woodland play area, see animals in Home Field and Vicarage Field, and use the indoor play room.  (£3/adult or child, or £10 for up to 5 people, for the whole day)  The Reindeer trail starts on Saturday, the 12th of November.

 

Farmer Christmas

 

Take a Trailer Ride with Farmer Christmas
Book a trailer ride with Farmer Christmas on any Saturday or Sundays in December.  Rides will be available at 10:00am and 3:00pm.  (£4.50/adult and £5.50/child, present included)

Christmas Trees
Come to the farm to choose your own Christmas tree and replant one!  Meet at the farm shop any Saturday or Sunday in December at 10am, 11am, 12pm or 2pm.  Join the woodsman to cut your tree for this year and to help us plant another one for the future.

Harvesting MedlarsMedlars
We have 30 Old English Medlar trees.  Come along to pick for yourself, perhaps to make jellies or desserts or even wine.  Small groups will be supervised by our grower.  Entry is free and you pay for what you harvest for yourself.  Gather at the farm shop at 10am or 2pm on either Saturday the 3rd December for Saturday the 10th December.

Free Range Turkeys

Christmas Produce
Behind the scenes meat and veg are being prepared for veg boxes, meat boxes and Christmas orders.  We are raising turkeys, ducks and geese.  The horticulture team has grown carrots, potatoes, parsnips, and sprouts, but that’s not all.  This year’s harvest also includes beetroot, winter squash, purple sprouting broccoli, savoy cabbage, lettuce, swede and turnips.  Come to the farm or visit our new online shop to place your order:  churchfarm.shop.

Tom and Aimee

 

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A Farm to Produce Food for People

Church Farm Ardeley is a “community interest company” set in order to innovate and create sustainable small farm enterprises. It took us 6 years of huge losses and a steep learning curve to get to full production and to break even! It is still a work in progress and a never ending challenge.

We produce every cut of meat, every vegetable and fruit we can here. Value is added through doing our own butchery and processing, making ready meals and we are reliant on people eating our food to sustain the farm in the pub, café, and direct farm retail.

To produce such a wide range of food, without using fungicides and pesticides, and in a manner we are proud of, takes a lot of people. We have a core team of full and part time people who help across the enterprises, we provide supervised work experience for adults with difficulties and education, have volunteers, students and interns contributing to getting the huge amount of work done to grow food and bring it to market. In all there about 48 full and part time staff on the payroll to run the farm, café, shop and pub.

We grow:

Livestock includes:

· British Lop, Large White & Berkshire breeding sows, boars, weaners and finishers (120)
· Red Poll and Red Poll Cross Cattle and Followers (80 head)
· Llyen, Suffolk, Texel, Black, White and Badger Faced Welsh Mountain sheep and fat lambs (140 head)
· Light Sussex, Cuckoo Maran, Black Rock, Rhode Island and Hybrid Laying hens (750)
· Outdoor reared table poultry – we produce 50 a week
· Norfolk Black turkeys, Embden geese, Aylesbury ducks, Bee hives and Apiary Garden

In addition we coppice and produce over 1500 bags of logs, make kindling, and grow some Christmas trees.

Thank you to everyone who eats our food and enables us to farm.

—Tim Waygood