We are a young couple who met while studying at University in St Andrews. After graduating in 2012 we heard about the Falkland Estate’s New Farmer Scheme.
We were both very interested in the future of food and farming and we decided to jump right in! We moved onto the field in 2014 with nothing more than a single polytunnel and two spades. Since then we have been on a very steep learning curve and have enjoyed the challenges that this wonderful adventure has thrown at us. We hope that we are getting better day by day. You can keep up with our progress via our facebook page or through this website and we’d love to hear from anyone who has questions about setting up the farm.
We were recently awarded a grant from the Carnegie Trusts Growing Livelihoods Project to create a marketing network for small-scale farmers and producers in the Fife area. We are in the early stages of establishing this but are very excited about the possibilities it might bring us and others on similar journeys. If you are a new farmer or considering becoming one we would love to hear from you and offer any advice/support that we can.
We believe that by working with nature rather than against it we can produce food that is healthy for people, the planet and communities. In order to achieve this we choose to manage our farm according to the following principles..
- NEVER using any pesticides or herbicides
- Encouraging biodiversity by leaving some wild areas on the farm
- Building the soil by sowing green manures and relying as little as possible on outside inputs
- Providing forage for pollinators by planting wildflowers, willow and other pollinator friendly plants
- Using PEOPLE POWER! Our farm is off grid and maintained using very little machinery. We will be getting a small compact tractor next season to help with bed preparation but the majority of farm tasks will still be carried out with hand tools and some good old fashioned muscle! From sowing seeds to planting out and harvesting every step is done by hand with lots of love and care.
We are certified organic by the Soil Association, so even if you don’t get the chance to get to know us or visit the farm, you can still have full confidence that our veg is grown in a manner that prioritises health and sustainability.