Do you know where your produce comes from?
Meet Ian and Emma, the current custodians of the land. They live on site in the main farm house with their 3 children whilst Emma's parents Jean and Tony (Gazegill Farmers throughout the 1900's) live next door with nephew Sam. The Robinson Family have resided and farmed the land for nearly 500 years.
Species rich hay meadows, medieval ridge and furrow, dew ponds and even a roman road form some of the farms archaeological features although it is the species rich hay meadows which have a direct impact on today’s produce. Our biological heritage meadows have over fifty species and in some areas orchids and other gems can be found, we believe that every plant species has a food chain that stems from it and this in turn is what builds a rich, diverse and healthy local ecosystem.
The farm has a number of traditional and indigenous breeds which better suit our low input, low impact attitude to agriculture. Our dairy herd of Old English Shorthorns are the cow that would have been the mainstay of the UK dairy herd up until the late fifties and early sixties when continental high yielders took their place, the shorthorn is a smaller dairy cow with a natural ability to turn average feed into beautiful creamy milk. Likewise our pig herd is a traditional favourite and great all-round pig, the Oxford Sandy and Black is naturally placid, great to work with and a versatile porker and baconer. Fantastic fat layer with that pork taste most have forgotten, in all a firm favourite in the home kitchen and restaurant alike, probably attributable to its slow growing. Our sheep are a mixed bunch but our main flock are the Hampshire Downs, a breed that produce a strong lamb which in early spring are up and doing well whatever the weather, again a great and versatile breed.
Welcome to Gazegill!