Our aim is to produce the best-tasting, healthiest food. Everything we do stems from this.
To achieve our aim we are creating the most ideal, naturally healthy environment that we possibly can. This will enable our crops and animals to thrive.
We view Laverstoke as an experimental project. The goal of the experiment is to deliver the highest quality plants and animals with the minimum use of external materials. It is a demanding, no compromise approach, but one that we believe will achieve our aim.
An organisation that we have found very useful, and is involved in all aspects of eco-agriculture, is ACRES USA.
Can we be self-sufficient and self-sustaining in today’s world?
We follow nature closely but also marry in the latest scientific techniques and modern equipment. We are conducting experiments and developing in almost every area.
To achieve a naturally healthy environment, biodiversity is a vital factor. This all begins with the soil. Our home produced compost is ‘alive’ with beneficial microorganisms and we spread 25,000 tons of it every year on our fields and crops. We have planted very complex grass leys containing over 30 different grasses, clovers and herbs to expand the biodiversity and enhance the diet of our grazing livestock. We have also planted more hedges and trees, further increasing the biodiversity of Laverstoke’s plant and animal life. Having a very diverse mix of animals that are rotated around the whole farm also contributes to the bio-diversity and health of the land.