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Godminster farm: Innovation and tradition

ORGANIC FARMING

Godminster Farm is set on the outskirts of the town of Bruton, Somerset. Its historic pedigree dates back to the Doomsday Book of 1086 which records that people have been living on the land since then.

Delicious cheese must use delicious milk and Godminster Farm is home to our very own herd of 320 organic dairy cows.  Our “Godminster Girls” produce what we believe is the very best milk and our beautiful cattle graze the fields hedgerows around the farm in rural Somerset.

We get a lot of rain in Somerset, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. From the point of view of grass, lots of water is a fantastic thing and makes for fields of lush green grazing as far as the eye can see.


Sustainable Farming

People have been farming this land for generations. Richard Hollingbery bought Godminster Farm in 1993 and Godminster Farm has been certified Organic with the Soil Association since 2000. Ever since converting to organic farming, Richard and his farm manager Pete have worked tirelessly to build environmental diversity on the land in line with the principles of organic farming. Richard’s mantra is, “Nature repays those who treat her kindly.” His goal is to create a self-sustaining environment where nature can regenerate and flourish.

Since buying the farm, Richard has planted more than 25,000 broadleaf trees.  His aim was to foster diverse habitats resulting in a visible increase in the wildlife population.  There are now 15 ponds encouraging bio-diversity and reeds that cleanse the ground water.

Everything Richard does at Godminster was originally inspired by what we do at the farm; it’s pivotal to who we are and what we stand for.

Godminster Farm Tour Somerset Food Trail

Innovation on the farm

We’re proud to work with Agri-Epi, who help farmers partner up with researches to trial cutting-edge technology in agricultural settings. In June 2023, a new system called ‘Chirrup‘ was installed in two sites on Godminster Farm to record bird song. The data is then interpreted by an AI learning program to identify different birds and build a thorough picture of the local bird population.

As a carbon negative farm, Godminster is home to a whole spectrum of flora and fauna. This biodiversity is one of the greatest strengths of organic farming; having a rich mixture of different animals and plants creates a stronger, more complex ecosystem. These ecosystems are an important part in restoring the wild populations around our farm.

Read more about Chirrup and Godminster Farm on the BBC.

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