What and how do we farm?
We grow veg, meat, eggs and hopefully soon milk, but on a
small and sustainable human scale that will provide food
and fuel for visitors to the farm and the local community.
We want to use the good and wise old ways of doing things
whilst not being afraid to think how to do things better
and in new ways.
We are looking a lot into traditional small farming
methods, crofting methods and new ways such as
regenerative agriculture, holistic management, renewables
and permaculture. I think there is a welsh word for
crofting, tyddynwyr.. We'd like to know more about that..
Much of this is aspirational and ongoing work, so if you
do visit please don't be disappointed that we don't have
groves of mature fruit, bushels of beets and stampedes of
cattle. It's all work in progress, but I have indicated by
each crop where we are(ish) with them.
We have a very new and windswept veg garden here at
Henbant, it's a bit of fight, but its one that we will
win. We are trying to use as many perennials and as broad
a range of varieties and types of plants as we can, so
hopefully there should be enough that works in any season
(and weather). The polytunnel is very effective.
Our sheep are mainly Jacob or Welsh Mountain, with a few
other natives thrown in there for good measure (we believe
in diversity). They help us with the grazing and provide a
great deal of meat and wool each year. We want to sell
this directly and don't believe in over charging so please
ask if you want to order any lamb, or mutton (we love
tasty mutton) for the freezer (£7/kg) , sheep skins, or
We have a beautiful and eclectic of mixture chickens a very annoying
cockerel. They follow the sheep round the pasture, and get much of
their food by foraging. We sell completely free range and organically
fed eggs from the farm. We also raise some meat for our own freezer. We
often have Point of Lay hens available for sale that are well breed and
make great outdoor fee range birds.
We have three lovely Shetland cows, they are brilliant for
conservation grazing and we use them to graze the woods
and campsite in winter where they seem very happy in the
worst of weather. We hope soon to be able to have
beef, milk, manure..
About 97% of the UK's traditional wildflower hay meadows
have been lost since WW1 and with those we loose a great
biodiversity of not only plants but also insects and
Welsh farms used to have a 'cae ysbyty' or hospital field,
this was a meadow so rich with herb species that they
could turn into it sick animals to feed on the herbs they
may need to help them recover.
We are working to create our own flower rich hay meadows,
our own 'Cae Ysbyty'. We are very lucky to be working with
partners as a trial using green seeding techniques.
We need wood for building and fuel, our whole farm is
heated by wood over the winter and we will soon only use
wood as a cooking source as well.
One of the best ways of farming is to copy nature, she's
been producing a lot of food for a lot longer than we
have. We are establishing a forest garden, maybe more
easily thought of as a food forest, it will have larger
nut trees and shelter/fuel trees on the north side, with
larger fruit trees well spaced to allow soft fruits and
perenial veg and herbs between, there will also be some
sheltered spots for annual veg and flowers as well, one
thing we need for this is diversity, get in touch if you
have an interesting plant we could have a cutting from.
Pigs play a key role in the farm of recycling waste veg
and milk as well helping us cultivate land, they are a
tractor we can eat. We have used pigs to open
We have planted a variety of fruit trees, nut trees,
rhubarb and soft fruit.. they haven't done much yet, but
I'll let you know more as they do.
With all our woodland we would be mad not to make our own
mushroom logs, these are green cut logs of hardwood that
are seeded with delicious fungi, these will also soon be for sale.
The Wild Harvest
With all our hedgerows and rough land we would be mad not
to share in natures bounty, if it wants to grow and we can
eat it then we should take our share.. and we do.
Sunshine (when its not cloudy)
It may sound daft, but this is our most valuable resource
here, not only does it make our grass grow but the farm is
powered by solar PV panels, and water heated by the sun.
Our new yurt
Made from a roll of
canvas and a tree we have finally finished our yurt and
its now available with views of mountains and sea
its a perfect hideaway.
Read more here
We've joined forces
with a brilliant initiative to encourage people to camp
off the beaten pitch
Read more about
Camping at Henbant here
We want to start
teaching all the things we believe in here next year, we
have space for forest schools to wool crafts to organic
Please get in touch
if you can help