Field to Fork
As well as the Funpark we run a very busy farm. Our aim is to grow high-quality safe food to the highest standards.
We are proud of members of the Red Tractor Scheme, so all our crops and livestock are audited to check that we are working to the highest standards.
Wheat is all grown for milling so will end up being used to make flour for bread
Barley is all grown for malting and will end up in beer
Sugar Beet all goes to make sugar and animal feed
Vining Peas are all grown for the freezing market so end up in the freezer aisle
Potatoes are grown to then become chips
The salads grown on the farm all go into the fresh market
Cows. We run a suckler herd which means that every cow has one calf a year. The breed of the cow we have is predominantly Red Poll. They are a native East Anglian breed renowned for producing great tasting meat and the cows are very good mothers. The cow feeds her calf throughout the summer until it is about 6 months old. We then wean the calf and the cow will hopefully be in calf again. The female calves we keep adding to the breeding herd. The male calves are reared for meat production which takes up to 2 years. We are selling all our beef direct to the public and the burgers served in the Hunger Hut are from our own cattle.
Sheep. We have three different breeds of sheep mainly because of the availability of types of grazing. Suffolk X is our predominant breed and Black Welsh Mountain breeds survive on much poorer grazing. We breed our own replacements but any male lambs or those females which we don’t need for breeding are sold for meat production. Like the meat sales from the cows, we use as much as we can in the Hunger Hut otherwise we sell to local butchers.
Livery Yard. We have a livery yard on the farm which provides a livery service on a DIY basis. Every horse has its own stable, grazing field and hay and straw provided. If an owner requires help to look after their horse then we can provide whatever service is required. We have a number of off roads available for use as well two all-weather menages and a horse walker amongst the facilities in this top class yard.
10% of our farm grows crops for the environment. We have field margins – some of which have permissive public access – that are sown with grasses and flowering plants that provide pollen and nectar for many insects such as bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinating species.
We have areas of the farm we have reinstated grass to provide habitat suitable for birds and mammals that prefer wetland areas.
We have specific areas that are sown with a range of plants that provide winter feeding opportunities for particularly small birds that might otherwise struggle to find food over the winter.
We also have other areas that we have left uncropped to develop their own plants and grasses.
All these areas need to be managed as part of the environmental scheme we are in.
The majority of the grazing land is also extremely important habitats for a range of birds and animals which if these areas were not grazed would quickly lose their importance.