"Formally Known As Lavender Cottage"
We stumbled upon a rather neglected paddock that had been over looked by many people for grazing livestock. Their loss was our gain, a beautiful site in Dorset lined with oak trees sheltered from the worst of the weather and away from the distractions of modern life. Our approach is always to work with nature, our farm has no mains water and no electricity in that sense you could say it is well and truly "off grid". What we do have however is a beautifully made old well that with the aid of a solar powered pump we are able to provide our plants with natural water from deep down in the water table. Rather than till our soil season after season and "fix" the soil each year leaving it at risk from soil erosion, we instead keep the soil constantly mulched much like the forest floor would be as leaves and other organic matter collects as the seasons pass. This way we can preserve the structure of the soil to produce the best crops and do no damage to the land on which we are lucky to farm. Our aim to create an eco system that sustains itself, with each resource being fully explored to its full potential. The manure that we source to enrich our growing medium comes from a local source of happy animals that can be petted and stroked not from cheaper sources that rely on the waste of intensive factory farms. We do not beleive in the exploitation of any resource and everything that nature gives us to use we try to give back two fold. Instead of polluting the environment importing flowers grown by people on low wages from far a field we want to inspire people to look a little closer to home and see that there is a more responsible, ethical way where all of us can enjoy the beauty of flowers and the gift of healing herbs.
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