The use of rewilding, along with natural techniques for soil health and low-density rearing of animals make Birch Farm highly unusual.
In our Animal Farm, you’ll find a range of rare-heritage breeds being reared to provide meat for The Farmers Arms and other projects in The Collective at Woolsery. By being allowed to grow at their natural rate to maturity and by living with space to roam the Devon landscape, they deliver a superior eating experience. In time, they are butchered on-site and crafted into cuts of meat, sausages and air-dried charcuterie.
The Garden Farm is seeing the reinstallation of traditional hedgerows to divide the land into smaller fields for different uses. This simultaneously creates a rich habitat and wildlife corridors for bees, other insects and small mammals.
Traditional glasshouses have been built in which Head Gardener Josh Sparkes raises tender plants and unusual herbs. He’s also using a Japanese composting system called bokashi, with the aim of creating a 360-degree food system.