Hammonds End is both a home and business. As a family farm our focus is entirely based on the quality of what we produce - not the quantity.
We believe that since we converted to organic farming methods we have seen a number of improvements in the farm, not least the biodiversity found in our woodland, hedges, pasture and environmental areas. Organic means working with nature, and we believe it helps us reduce our carbon footprint and protect and enhance our healthy soils. We do not use routine drugs or antibiotics on our animals, and firmly believe in the philosophy that prevention is better than cure.
The farm is red tractor certified, which means we are regularly inspected by independent experts checking our standards of Animal Welfare, Food Safety, Traceability and Environmental Protection. Most of our produce end up in small, short artisan supply chains, but sometimes our produce will end up as the building blocks for bigger brands and we are very proud when we see the little red tractor logo on supermarket shelves. It means that something we grew or reared may have been an ingredient in that high-quality product.
We take our responsibilities to the landscape and biodiversity very seriously and each generation of the family has aimed to ensure they pass on the farm in a better and more sustainable condition than the previous generation. Like many farmers, we see countryside management and environmental stewardship as a simple, normal part of the business of farming. We have always felt it is an intrinsic part of the food growing story at Hammonds End. Over the years, we believe that this has achieved some great environmental gains including a major increase in the species of bumble bees found on the farm and a significant improvement in the sightings of kites, falcons and owls. A recent plant species richness study carried out on some of our fields found now fewer than 105 plant species present highlighting the richness of diversity that can be found across the farm including some interestingly named plants like Scarlett Pimpernel, Stinking Chamomile and Lamb’s Quarter.