Our Story

A Brief history

Goren Farm has been in the family since 1955 and has been farmed as extensive dairy farm up till 1990. Since then the fields have been set to hay meadows to develop a natural balance with nature. No chemicals have been used on the farm - no fields have been ploughed in living memory. Recently this balance has been complemented with a small herd of Ruby Red Devon cattle and Border Leicester sheep. We manage the hedgerows to produce wood and allow a habitat for wildlife as well as providing shelter for the farm animals. The orchards have been restored and replanted among the veteran trees and we make cider in the traditional way filtered through straw. When the new trees begin to bear fruit we will be producing apple juice as well. Our water originates from a spring line mire and is tapped with a labyrinth of stone drains buried under the fields. Organic Vegetables The walled garden is being restored as a vegetable garden - vegetables for sale locally. Most of the buildings date back to 1820 and earlier and have changed little and are being carefully restored using local materials and traditional methods. We open to the public for June and July and hold events over the weekends. This is in collaboration with the National Garden Scheme and proceeds go to charity. We are fortunate to have enthusiastic volunteers help us throughout the year through the ‘willing workers on organic farms’ scheme, (WWOOF). Our aim is to keep on farming in the traditional methods and share our experience with the community and our customers.

In the last few years we have started a family and now have two lovely children. Lily and Seth and life has changed to accommodate them. We employ several contractors and a full time member of staff to help run the farm.

This year Goren Farm was awarded a commendation for 2009/2010 Britain's most Beautiful Farm Awards at the House of Lords in March of which we are honoured to receive. This was awarded on merit of conservation, sustainability and profitability in farming.

Produce for sale

  • Meadow hay - species rich with natural herbage and wild grasses.
  • Fire wood, logs delivered by the load or small orders of bags and kindling wood.
  • Wild flower seed directly harvested from our ancient meadows
  • Meat - Ruby Red Devon Beef, lamb and pork. When available.
  • Cider, apple juice and cider vinegar
  • Honey
  • Sawmill work. we can for converting trees into useful timber.
  • Sawn seasoned timber, Ash, Beech, Oak, Maple, Cherry and Elm.
  • Small pet hay of very fine grasses which grow naturally on the old moor.
  • Vegetables and fruit in season.
  • Rockery Stones, various sizes, colours.
  • Building Stones, Flint, various colours and textures.

Year Diary of events

  • Laying hedges and field maintenance such as fencing and repairs during the winter.
  • Lambing and calving, February and March
  • Animal husbandry and management - all year round
  • Sowing and planting vegetable gardens from March onwards.
  • Meadow flower weekend, first weekend in June
  • Hay making while the sun shines from July 1st.
  • Seed harvesting starts from 1st July.
  • Building restoration and maintenance throughout the year.
  • Apple picking and Cider making from Mid September- November
  • Pruning and looking after the Orchards - December till March
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