Crops grown at Doves Farm
Doves Farm is an organic farm which is mainly arable and offers the finest grain and cereal products, these include English Wheat, Spelt, Rye, Oats and Beans. Every year we participate in research projects which include trial plots on the farm, we also grow an ancient variety of wheat from Oxford University and a number of rare and unusual grains. Learn More about Being an Organic Farmer.
Crop Rotation at Doves Farm
1 - Crop
2 - Grass/Clover -to help restore health of the soil
3 - Cereals
3 - Beans -essential for increasing nitrogen content of the soil
4 - Spring Cereal
The farm is part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme, which promotes creating wildlife habitats. Most of the fields at Doves Farm have a permanent grass margin or beetle bank providing homes for birds, bats and beetles. These creatures then feed on insect pests, which damage crops. Over the winter, crop stubble is left to encourage ground nesting birds such as Lapwings and if lucky Stone Curlew.
300 breeding mule ewes are reared at Doves Farm. Our animals receive no routine vaccinations or feed additives. The animals are fed healthy organic grass and allowed to grow naturally resulting in lean and tasty meat. The lambs are sold to various organic butchers in the local area.
"Following whole farm conversion, all 320 acres are certified by the Soil Association. Most of the fields have a permanent grass margin or beetle bank providing habitats for many birds and beetles who feed on insect pests which could damage crops. Over the winter, crop stubble is left but to put back thrgoodness, without the use of artificial fertilisers or chemicals, the fields are planted with grass and clover in a planned crop rotation.
We grow wheat, spelt, rye, and grass for our flock of 320 ewes. Lambing takes place in the field during late spring as the flock drifts across the farm. Having moved to organic farming we’ve been able to massively reduce our carbon footprint and helped in the fight to combat global warming." - Michael