As a child Adrian had always dreamed of living on a farm, with a few sheep.
Well, now he owns a farm, surrounded by sheep... Living the Dream X
The farm is not a working farm, more like a glorious parkland Estate, surrounded by 100s of our neighbours, grazing Devon Longhair Sheep. We are however still very proactive in the farming process at Down Farm. We are active members of the Woodland Trust, the Countryside Stewardship and holders of a holding number to keep Piglets in the top wood, it enables us to participate in the management of our Farm.
The Piglets come to us as weaners normally in late spring, and have their own enclosure in the top wood. It is all walled and fenced in for them with a large warm Arc for them to sleep in. It is very lush up there with plenty of Adrian’s root vegetables that he plants each winter for them to forage and eat. It is shaded from the sun and they enjoy twice daily feeds. They are born at a neighbouring farm, are driven the 2 miles to our wood, where they spend the spring, summer and autumn. When they are due to leave, they are carefully driven the 6 miles to Coombe Martin, so all in all, their carbon footprint is very very minimal and they have enjoyed a wonderful quality of life rummaging around in the wood.
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We are also fond gardeners and have a rather modest vegetable patch and poly tunnel so we can grow seasonal soft fruits, vegetables and cut flowers.
We have 15 chickens, which live in their own stonewalled coop, and they are fantastic companions for small children, following them around the yard, looking for a scrap to eat. We like to encourage willing children to become chicken monitors during their holiday, where they let the chickens out each morning and feed them... The chickens also have a very important job on the farm, they lay Eggs! And there is nothing lovelier than a freshly laid egg for breakfast.