Visit an organic farm

Manor Farm, Dorset

Manor Farm is a 110 hectare chalkland farm in the Cerne valley. The Best family has famed here for 68 years and moved to organic production in 1983. Visitors are welcome to find out more about the benefits organic farms brings.


The herd of 80 milking cows produce the farm's own label Manor Farm organic milk. During the summer, the cows graze the grass and clover pastures, with home-grown silage and cereals in the winter. The farm also has a flock of 120 ewes which lamb in the spring.


The farm lies in an environmentally sensitive area and is rich in wildlife. The woodland and hedges are maintained traditionally to give shelter to wildlife, animals and people. In turn, the predatory birds and insects such as ladybirds help the farmer by controlling pests in the cereal crops.


The Manor Farm organic milk range of whole milk, semi-skimmed milk and cream is available from the farm's shop and outlets in the south of England, including all branches of Waitrose. Organic lamb is also available to order direct from the farm.  

Arranging a visit   

The farm trail follows a public right of way and is open at all times. Organised groups and school parties are welcome to visit the farm by prior arrangement. The farm also works with Elm Farm Research Centre to provide visits, information and research findings for farmers and agricultural professionals. Please call the office for details.  

How to get there   

By road: Manor Farm is in the village of Godmanstone between Cerne Abbas and Dorchester.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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