Summerhill Farm, Devon
Summerhill is a small mixed organic farm in the heart of the beautiful mid-Devon countryside. A patchwork of meadows, hedges, arable fields, woods and orchards with an old drover’s road running along the valley floor close by the river, it is a beautiful part of the world.
Ben came to the farm about 10 years ago. “As a first generation farmer, I know how hard it is to break into farming and the barriers that can present themselves, not least having access to land and the capital requirements needed to get started.” says Ben.
A suckler herd of red ruby Devon cattle graze the pasture, producing premium quality beef. A small flock of sheep, award winning eggs from ‘Ben’s hens’ and vegetable garden for campers staying in one of the four beautiful Mongolian yurts add to the enterprises. Recently Ben has introduced geese to the farm, raising goslings and fattening geese for Christmas.
People are a vital part of the picture. Many return each year to stay in the yurts, take time out and walk in the beautiful countryside. Sharing the farm experience with the public is vital to both the Land Trust and Ben and Alice’s approach.
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