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Paul and Sara grow top fruit on approximately 100 acres across 5 sites in Kent:- Cranbrook, Wateringbury, Marden, Goudhurst and Chart Sutton.
In the early nineties Paul and Sara bought their current home which included four and a half acres of mature, but neglected conference pears as well as wild flower meadows. This awakened an interest in fruit farming and in 1994 they decided the time was right for a complete career change. The idea germinated that organic production of top fruit was possible, if not extremely difficult. They therefore purchased an existing top fruit farm in Cranbrook called Hartley Lands Farm and proceeded to convert it to organic standards.
Paul and Sara have some clearly defined aims:
- Our principal aim is to produce a high quality food product in a fully sustainable manner with the absolute minimum impact on the surrounding environment.
- To utilise and maintain the farms natural ponds whilst at the same time enhancing the the wildlife habitat and creating as much bio-diversity on our farm as possible.
- To learn from best practice in Organic Apple & Pear Production from around the world, trialling new and exciting varieties, specifically developed for their eating quality and their resistance to pests and diseases.
- To market, package and promote our products using the most environmentally sustainable means.
- To sell as much of our product locally, thereby minimising the “food miles” they have to travel.
Even if we were not producing to organic standards our aims would remain the same.
We have partnered with Langridge Organic to supply organic fruit and vegetables from across the UK and Europe. Sourced from their network of trusted farms this enables us to offer customers a broader range of produce, especially during the fallow months of Spring and Early Summer.
Langridge Organic have a no-airfreight policy and endeavour to reduce the amount of plastic used for their produce, and we believe this fits the Furrow ethos, as well the expectations of our customers.
We grow organic salads, veggies, herbs, flowers and fruit on our 2.5 acre market garden at Hartley Farm near Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire. Kate and her team have been experimenting with new varieties and colourful crops for over 10 years, to grow the best and freshest, triple award-winning organic produce for both body and mind. We work in harmony with nature (although slugs are never welcome anywhere other than the compost heaps!), rather than relying on pesticides and chemical inputs; and love our armies of ladybirds, hoverflies and toads which keep pesky pests in check.
We have four medium and four small polytunnels for growing food all year round, as well as herb beds, a small currant area, and the field which is broken into 5 patches for our rotation of main crops. We have also recently planted a small fruit orchard.
From edible flowers, juicy heirloom tomatoes and fragrant coriander, basil and oregano, to heartier staples such as mixed colour beetroot, kale, leeks and squash, we have a undimmed passion for growing veg in a sustainable way, and love welcoming visitors to the garden to share in the joy of finding new ways to improve the local and wider environment. We are certified organic with the Soil Association and often hold events and farm tours, as well as volunteer parties to encourage those who might not otherwise get the chance to come and enjoy getting their hands dirty, learning about and celebrating fresh organic food.