Oliver White - Grassfed; where is the UK revolution?
I am 31 years of age and a graduate in Agricultural Engineering from Harper Adams University. In April of 2014 year I was fortunate to be awarded the tenancy of a 125 acre Somerset County Council farm. This tenancy has provided me with a quantum leap in scale as it takes me from a 22 acre small holding where I started my farming enterprise five years ago to now a total of 147 acres of new and permanent pasture at Greenway Farm near Ilminster and Grove Farm, Taunton. Native cross breed cattle, purebred Poll Dorset sheep and Legarth strain geese form the basis of my farming system, all of which are reared on an extensive, low input grass-based system. As far as possible, I retail as much produce as I can through my online shop www.farm2fork.co.uk where I am able to offer both farm-gate collection and a nationwide delivery service. The website also provides my customers with the story behind and an insight into my farm and sustainable food production and the health benefits of grassfed meat.
I am passionate about farming, about grassfed sustainable agriculture and about farming in harmony with nature.
Greenway, my new farm, together with the Nuffield Scholarship provide me with a platform from which I can grow and build what I hope will become a long farming career. My ambition is to sustainably increase productivity and diversity on my farm in order to create a viable, rewarding and environmentally enhancing farming business.
Alongside my farming enterprise I also work part time as Commercial Director of Hestercombe Gardens Ltd, the wholly owned trading company of the Hestercombe Gardens Trust. Hestercombe is internationally famous for its 50 acres of grade 1 listed historic gardens spanning over three centuries of garden history and design, which are open to the public. The Trust also runs a contemporary arts gallery, two restaurants, two shops and a watermill together with a busy events and functions business including weddings and conferences. It has an extensive education and activities programme as part of its diverse output that together cater for over 80,000 visitors a year www.hestercombe.com.