The Farm

“…the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”

International small-scale farmers’ movement La Via Campesina on FOOD SOVEREIGNTY at the 1996 World Food Summit.

the need to produce food

Even before the advent of the Covid-19 crisis, the dire need to grow, produce and process our own food was a foremost priority on Barnfires’ agenda.

Now, as the pandemic tightens its grip around the world and hunger poses humankind’s biggest threat, that requirement is under even closer scrutiny.

The need to make and control one’s own food is more important than ever.

In less than 18 months these female kids will themselves be milk producers.

We are not talking Big Agri here.

We are referring to ordinary people taking more control of their own as well as their families’ lives by planting, harvesting and processing the produce most appropriate to their situation.

Saanen goats are milked twice daily for farmhouse cheese.
Raw goat milk.
Planting garlic.

Our agricultural philosophy centres around sustainable methods and techniques that encompass contemporary and ancient approaches such as Permaculture, bio-dynamic and no-tillage farming.

Jersey cattle produce organic milk for our cheese production.
Peaches for peach atchar.

On the 40-hectare farm we ….

Free-range eggs
Organic veggies

summary of farm products and activities

  • Milk from goats, cows and sheep
  • Farmhouse cheese made on the farm from the above milk
  • Organic veggies
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Organic eggs
  • Compost
  • Worm wee

Harvesting mustard plants.