Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Open Day at Luddesdown Organic Farm

Last weekend we spent an enjoyable afternoon visiting an open day at Luddesdown Organic Farm just outside Gravesend.

For the princely sum of £ 2.50 for adults, and kids for free, we were treated to a 30minute grand tour of the sprawling farm seated on bales of straw on a trailer towed by one of the farm tractors.

It is certainly a much more pleasant way to see the countyside than rushing along on the M25 in three lanes of traffic!

Gerry, the owner of the farm explained at length how they produce their own compost to use on the fields instead of artificial fertilisers. Several thousand tonnes of municipal waste is received in from local councils every year and composted on the farm instead of being sent to landfill.

A wide range of organic vegetables from run of the mill potatoes to more exotic things like Jerusalem artichokes are grown on the farm as well cereals such as oats.

Apart from vegetables and cereals, cows and pigs are also reared organically grazing on the rolling hillsides.

The village of Luddesdown which can trace it's roots back over one thousand years, is a favourite haunt for ramblers.

The farm has an open day every Summer and is well worth a visit.

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