Visit an organic farm

Step Farm, Oxfordshire

Step Farm is a 345 hectare mixed farm in the upper Thames valley near Faringdon, some of which is rented from the National Trust. The Saunders family began producing food organically in 1982. They have a mixture of enterprises including dairy cows, sheep, beef and cereals.

Livestock

The 230 black and white Freisian/Holstein dairy herd grazes the natural organic pastures on the farm. The farm has brought in very few cows since 1927. The milk is sold to the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative. It is used to make organic dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese and ice-cream. The farm also rears Gloucester old spot pigs, sheep and beef cattle.

Conservation

Conservation is an important aspect of the work on the farm. A pond has been created and new hedges provide valuable wildlife corridors through the farm. The farm has a site of special scientific interest that supports a host of rare species, including the yellow rattle, hairy buttercup, black hairstreak butterfly and great green cricket. Studies have been conducted to assess the importance of the farm to birds like the skylark, grey partridge and sparrows.

Marketing

Step Farm has a doorstep milk delivery scheme operating in Oxfordshire and its shop supplies organic beef and lamb. Please call to enquire about opening times.

Arranging a visit

Groups can arrange a guided walk around the farm. Special events are held during the year and the facilities can cater for 30-40 people. Students are welcome to visit the farm by arrangement.          

How to get there   

By train: Public transport is limited. Railway stations are at Oxford and Swindon.
By bus: Bus links are available to Faringdon.
By road: Step Farm is situated on the outskirts of Faringdon. Take the A417 road to Lechlade. Step Farm is the first farm on the left after about a mile.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

Contact details   

  • Pat, Daphne, Miles and Annabel Saunders, Step Farm, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BH 
  • T: Pat and Daphne Saunders: 01367 240183, Miles and Annabel Saunders: 01367 240558
  • pgsaund@aol.com      
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