Sustainable Farming

 

Pipers Farm is a 50-acre, permanent pasture, family farm, located in Devon. It lies in an area of rolling hills and nutrient-rich red Devon soil. Our fields are small and the 400-year-old hedgerows surrounding them are 2 or 3 metres wide. They are priceless reservoirs of biodiversity and natural corridors for wildlife.

Working in harmony with nature

Like generations of families before us, at Pipers Farm we believe in working in harmony with the natural landscape around us. That is what the French call “terroir”. For us, it is the fundamental definition of the Pipers Farm ethos. We passionately believe in the “common sense” of traditional, sustainable values which have been handed down through generations of farms.

Championing traditional and sustainable farming

Our valley has a rich heritage of small mixed family farms, some growing crops as well as grass, and many of them with a cider orchard that used to supply the Whiteways cider press at the end of the road.

As we walk up the farm we have a breathtaking view of rolling hills and a tapestry of vibrant greens of grass and crops traditionally grown in our valley such as swedes and potatoes, punctuated by ploughed fields of ruby red soil. The pasture under our feet is a perfect illustration of the timeless values of the traditional systems. The old-fashioned grasses and herbs are deep-rooted, drawing nutrients from the Devon soil, with red and white clovers naturally drawing nitrogen from the air to fertilise the plants around them. It gives our animals the perfect “5-a-day" nourishment with no need for health supplements.

Family Farms

Today the Pipers Farm family embraces 25 family farms, all helping us to produce healthy food that tastes good. And you, our customers, in buying from Pipers Farm, are helping us to sustain those traditional values as part of a vibrant and sustainable rural community.

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