Radio 4’s ‘On Your Farm’ show travels to the Quantock Hills to explores the issue of ‘Getting a Start in Farming’ in this documentary on Stream Farm and it’s share farming model – listen here.
“Few people are lucky enough to begin their farming career actually owning their own farm. Share farming provides many a new entrant to agriculture that important first step on the farming ladder. But at Stream Farm, nestled in the folds of the Quantock Hills in Somerset, a form of share farming is undertaken in an altogether different and egalitarian way.”
Welcome To Stream Farm
Stream Farm is situated in a hidden valley high up in the Quantocks in Somerset. We sell organic beef, chicken, lamb, sheepskins, pork, apple juice, honey and stream-fed rainbow trout. We now also sell spring water, both still and sparkling.
Our livestock graze the permanent pasture and our red and white clover leys throughout the Spring and Summer and for much of the Autumn when the pedigree Dexter cattle are moved to winter in our barns and to eat our own silage in the long winter months. We have calves all the year round and we lamb our pedigree Hampshire Down so that they are ready for eating in the late Spring and Summer.
Our rainbow trout grow in a hatchery fed by the stream and are sold both fresh for the plate and hot-smoked in oak. Our Devonshire Gold chickens are reared naturally on plenty of land from day-old chicks to 12 weeks. Our sheepskins are organically tanned in Wales and can be used in cots and cribs or as rugs or throws. Our pigs tend to be Oxford Sandy and Blacks or a cross between Gloucester Old Spot, Berkshire or Saddleback and one of the bigger breeds so that they produce sausages galore. The apple juice is made from a special blend of five apple varieties on a south-facing slope and our Spring water bubbles up in a copse in the middle of one of the fields. The honey comes from one of our first eight hives and the bees are mostly Italian!