We are committed to a long term sustainable environment that supports man and beast and gives pleasure to others.
At South Farm, we believe in being as green as possible. And indeed, the Good Life flourishes here: we grow, rear and catch, harvest vegetables, fruit, eggs and poultry, pigs from our fertile gardens and paddocks, monster trout from the lake, and game from the surrounding estate.
We have a Nature reserve that houses a host of endangered species, including Whiteclawed crayfish and otters, and the main site has been transformed from its abandoned, forlorn, wind swept state into an oasis of shelter for indigenous wildlife.
We would love to be entirely self-sufficient and truly sustainable and we have largely achieved this in several areas. The organic smallholding supplies about 85% of our fruit and vegetables, all of our eggs and a good share of our pork and trout. A bore hole through greensand provides the purest water and a reed bed cleans effluent from waste water and returns it to the water table on site. We also recycle as much as possible and compost everything we can!
The next challenge is to address our energy needs and we have several potential projects in the pipeline that will focus upon this. The biggest impact could come from a medium scale 50 Kw wind turbine. This would provide about 75% of our electricity through the year and we are currently taking advice about the feasibility of the project. Other likely projects include solar water heating and bio-diesel production to run our tractor, heaters and vegetable delivery vehicle. We have already converted as many appliances and as much lighting as possible to low-energy alternatives to reduce our carbon emissions.
If you would like to know more then please do delve further into this section where you will find lots more info. Should you wish to learn more about any of our projects then please do not hesitate to get in touch.