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Abbey Home Farm, Gloucestershire

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Abbey Home Farm, Gloucestershire

Lying alongside the Fosse Way on the edge of the Roman town of Cirencester, 570 hectares Abbey Home Farm is a mixed farm producing milk, cereals, vegetables, meat and eggs. Here you will find fresh organic food grown in harmony with the environment. Why not pay a visit to find out more.

Organic livestock and crops 

Abbey Home Farm has a herd of beef cattle and a flock of over 500 breeding ewes, including pedigree Lleyns. Sheep are alternated with the cattle on the lush pastures. Nearer the farmyard, free-range organic pigs and laying hens can be found. The farm is establishing a herd of rare breed cattle for milk and dairy production, all of which will be sold direct to the public. The main crops include wheat, triticale (a cross between wheat and rye), oats, barley and beans. Over 200 different varieties of vegetables, salads, cut flowers, soft fruit and herbs are grown in the kitchen garden which surrounds the shop to supply the farm shop and café.
 

Wildlife 

Organic farming methods are good for wildlife and the farm provides habitats for many important species. Areas of limestone grassland are classified a Site of Special Scientific Interest for their rare plants including pasque flower, yellow rattle and orchids. Birds of prey including, buzzards, kestrels and sparrow hawks nest on the farm. To help encourage wildlife, new hedgerows and woodland have been  planted as well as beetle banks and field margins.
 

Organic farm shop and cafe 

All the food in the farm shop and café is organic, and much of it is grown on the farm itself. It also offers a wide range of organic groceries along with organic bed linen, baby clothes and skincare. You can do a speedy full shop, or spend some hours browsing the shop, eating food inspired by the garden, drinking local ale and walking in the woods. If you care about the environment, animal welfare and healthy eating, then this is the shop for you. The Cafe is open Tuesday - Sunday, and now offers a Sunday lunch using meat from the farm. Booking advised. Catering for  groups can also be arranged.
 

Green Room 

The Green Room is a special function room made with green oak from the farm. It can be hired for a range of events and meetings; as a conference facility it can hold from 10 to 200 delegates. Companies looking for away days can use the green room, the farm and the dedicated teaching kitchen. This offers cookery courses  for adults and children always encouraging the use of ingredients from the farm itself.
 

Education, group visits, and open days 

A waymarked woodland trail can be followed and guided tours are available for groups by prior arrangement. School visits of all ages are welcomed. A number of open days are organised throughout the year which include tractor and trailer rides and guided tours. A bushcraft instructor will soon be running courses on the farm. The farm also holds the Ragged Hedge Fair in  the first week of September each year - a family orientated weekend of camping, arts, crafts, environmental education, music and fun - powered by wind and solar energy.
 

Camping

The new eco-camp sleeps up to 18 people in four yurts and can be used as accommodation for longer workshops. A basic kitchen, fireplace and compost loo is available for a totally green experience. A hut next to a pond and yurts are also available for hire. Overnight visitors are welcome to explore the farm.  
 

Arranging a visit   

Farm shop and café open: Tuesday – Sunday (ring for opening times). Groups and school parties are welcome to visit the farm by prior arrangement. Unfortunately, in the interest of farm animals and wildlife, dogs are not permitted.  
 

How to get there   

By road: Abbey Home Farm is one mile north of Cirencester off the B4425 Burford Road. The farm is well signposted on the left hand side.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         
 

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