Lots on long rotation, providing shade shelter and food for birds and insects.
The farm has been on a journey, rewinding to recreate some of the most special and biodiverse wildflower meadows in Devon. Moving from a poor baseline, to 6 species per m2 and then up to 15 per m2 in only 5 years. A celebration of nature’s recovery through quality management.
Our Ruby Red cattle graze on nutritious pasture that is grown in harmony with nature, helping to provide a habitat where insects, birds and plants can thrive while our livestock roam happily.
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“Ears are always open and cognitive process firing where green spaces are integrated in the learning pathway”
We love welcoming young people to the farm, we work closely with our local primary school. Around 100 children come and learn about our biodiversity. We cover a lot – ecosystems, habitat, biology, climate science, numeracy, history. We are keen to re-imagine the integration of the curriculum with a Farm School model which is really exciting and fun. Please contact us if you would like to visit the farm. We can provide 25 visits per year to under 18's FOC as part of our Countryside Stewardship.
is restored species rich Culm hay meadows with 15 plants in a square meter. There is a serious weight of nature on these acres.
is wild land returning to natural processes, including mature broadleaf woodland and wet fen meadows, pure carbon sink.
is rotationally mob grazed pastures with many species of grasses, legumes and deep rooting herbs. They are resilient and great for building the soil community.
These are managed on a long coppice and traditional laying rotation. Providing shade, shelter and browse whilst cycling carbon.
Planted 12,500 hedgerow trees and 200 fruit trees to bolster diversity
Stocked with brown trout and eel. Spawning gravel beds host visitors like salmon and graying. The river supports a myriad of life from the tiniest tardigrade to the solitary otter and perhaps one day a beaver or two.
Lapping up the Devon dream job Olly came to farming in a roundabout way. He’s a true practical creative; an artist and filmmaker who previously helped run a social enterprise in Scotland. The forever-farming calling came unexpectedly in 2013. Retraining rapidly he studied on the organic PG dip at SRUC - talk about steep curve. He LOVES meadows!
A third farmer, a third GP and one third mother of four (5 if you count Olly ;) conscientious caring busy and efficient. She’s more cohesive than hug tight glue and has tirelessly nourished the farm dream with Olly. The future? She’s mindfully considering the public prescribing, diversification and wellness opportunities the farm presents.
Nurtures the beautiful cattle herd at Essebeare, diligently and analytically. A passionate breastfeeding advocate, working with the NCT for the past thirty years. She’s also chief chook chaser and head grower. Mary’s dad was the revolutionary legend, Arthur J Hosier OBE; ‘The wizard ofWexcombe‘ who, if you know your farming history, rewrote the rulebook on dairying and invented a mobile raw milking system.
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