The Fold Farm

Growing healthy food in healthy soil

The Fold Farm provides fresh, seasonal fruit, vegetables and eggs straight our café and shop. We also supply the local community via wholesale deliveries to other local farm shops, restaurants and caterers, and through the Fold’s Monthly Markets and the Hanley Swan market. In just a few months time we will have full Soil Association Organic certification, although most of the farm has been certified organic for years.

Outside The Fold

The Farm, which is supported by dedicated volunteers, also runs as a Care Farm, providing meaningful work for people with particular needs in a safe, supported environment. Participants develop confidence, skills and independence whilst working with the team. For more information about the care side of farming please visit here

We treasure the land and have always farmed organically, use minimal tillage methods and make a lot of compost – if anything’s left on your plate in the cafe it’ll go back in to the soil! We value biodiversity; creating habitats for wild creatures where we can, providing a safe place for honeybees to thrive, and growing lots of companion plants which benefit pollinators. Rather than spraying insecticides we use mesh covers to protect crops from butterflies and moths, we spend hours weeding rather than use herbicides and try to use clever crop rotations and variety choices to prevent diseases rather than using chemical remedies to treat them. Our polytunnels enable us to provide fresh food all year round, but we don’t heat our covered areas.

Here at The Fold we believe in farming small and smart, without big machinery or lots of fossil fuels.

This year we have expanded our production to a new field at the top of the track by the carpark and the longer established care farming area is visible from the gate at the bottom of the track. Feel free to have a look over the gates, and talk to us if you see us!

Want to get involved?

Do you have an interest in organic food production? Why not consider volunteering?

Visit our Volunteering page to find out more.

Contact Us:

Tel: 01886 833633 or email farm@thefold.org.uk for more information.

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