Nature friendly farming

Here at Wookey farm, we’re doing our best to farm with nature and biodiversity in mind, trying to always make decisions with nature in mind.

Hedgerows are a haven for local wildlife, providing much needed habitats for birds, mammals and insects so we let our hedges grow wherever we can. The goats also love hedges so we’ve put up stock proof fencing so they can’t destroy them!

Soil – the key to everything
I’ve done a lot of reading about regenerative farming which focuses on improving and revitalising soil health. Healthier soils store more carbon, in fact even more than trees, so its vital that we look after them. Improving soil health is key to improving productivity and biodiversity. One of the key components of healthy soil is organic matter and improving soil matter content can reduce or even stop soil erosion and improve water infiltration, water retention, nutrient cycling, plant health, biodiversity and much much more.


In order to protect the soils, we don’t use any artificial fertilisers, or pesticides and limit the amount of compaction. We’re trying to mob graze the goats so the grasses have time to recover. Mob grazing means the animals eat a third, trample a third and leave a third – therefore protecting the soils and leaving deep roots in tact. There are more nutrients available within the plants as the roots are healthier. The plants and grasses can bounce back because we have left healthy roots so they’re not having to put all their energy into the roots finding nutrients. They can concentrate on growing above ground. It sounds like a perfect solution – the only problem is the time taken to move the electric fencing and making sure they always have access to water. Also goats don’t like rain so access to shelter may be an issue – I’m sure I’ll find a solution as it really does seem better for livestock, better for soils and better for biodiversity as the longer grasses attract more insects and mammals.

Off to a farm for a workshop all about regenerative farming next week so will hopefully come back buzzing with more ideas.

Lots of really helpful advice here at the nature friendly farming network 

As well as some great podcasts

New for 2021

Once again we are having a fantastic camping season with many families not ready to go abroad. Its been great to welcome some first-time campers and hope they have enjoyed the experience and will embrace a new style of nature-based holidays. 

Cheese making is all going well and the goats have been producing lots of lovely milk for me. 

The big news for summer 2021 is that we have opened our new farm shop. It seems to be going down well with a mix of gifts, food and alcohol. We’re trying to connect with small local producers and our stock is developing as we find out what people are wanting to buy. The only problem is our children (Ali and Ed) have clocked there is a never-ending availability of goodies to guzzle!

Click here to find out more about our new farm shop

Click here to view our online cheese shop

Open Farm Sunday 2015

Open Farm Sunday

We’re gearing up for this year’s Open Farm Sunday. Lots of fun things to see and do – meet the animals, pet the animals and even take some for a walk…

Open Farm Sunday 2015
Open Farm Sunday 2015

7th June 2015

Also the usual adventure on the tractor trailer rides, milking demonstration, sheep shearing (tbc), BBQ, lots of our cheese to sample and local stalls.

The perfect way to relax.

Find us on the Open Farm Sunday website

The Royal visit

The 29th April was not only a special day for Kate and Will but also for our little friend Bluebell.

Here you can see her being held by Princess Flower! Flower often visits us with her family and helps to bottle-feed these babies. She has kindly named them for us, although I think Bluebell is the favourite.

Products for sale

Next week we will have lamb and goat meat for sale. Get your orders in now!

Shoulder and leg joints (boned and rolled) – £11.50 per kg
Chops in packs of 4 – £11.50 per kg
Minced lamb – £9.50 per kg
Diced meat £11.50 per kg
Half a goat (diced) priced at £9.50 per kg (approx. 5kg)
Tandoori Masala goat sausages and goat and piquante pepper sausages – £4.95 per pack

Contact Sarah on 07779 145441 or email [email protected]

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