The concept of slow farming and slow food are, at their core, the antithesis of the over-processed fast food we as a nation – and world - have become increasingly accustomed to.
Every penny that you spend with us supports small-scale regenerative meat and egg production at our family farm, Clanville Manor Farm, alongside British makers and heritage craftspeople.
Because small changes add up to a big impact.
How We Farm Differently
No Ploughing + Mob Grazing = Increased Topsoil + Natural Carbon Capture + Carbon Negative Farm
By not ploughing our soil (which would release CO2 into the atmosphere) and by mob grazing our cattle (moving cattle to fresh sections of pasture each day to mimic their natural grazing habits and allow the soil to recover quicker), we allow organic matter from plants and animal droppings to stay in the soil and build up year on year forming a natural store of carbon and improving our topsoil.
By our own calculations, using the Farm Carbon Calculator, we are a carbon negative farm.
Wide Plant Varieties + Increased Micronutrients + Fresh Air + Independent Certification = Healthier Animals + Higher Animal Welfare
Our animals feed on a wide variety of nutritious food and are reared slowly rather than being forced to grow quickly. Our cattle feed on a variety of grasses and herbal plants and we try to keep them outside in their natural environment for as much of the year as possible (we bring them in when necessary during the winter). All of this means our animals are generally healthier and require less vet interventions.
Our farm is also independently certified for Animal Welfare.
Further reading: Better Animal Welfare
Improved Topsoil + Deep Rooting Plants + Supporting Soil Fungi = Increased Micronutrients in Meat & Eggs
Increased and diverse organic matter in our topsoil (from the wide variety of plant matter), planting deep rooted plant varieties (which draw nutrients up from depth) and not destroying (through ploughing or use of chemicals) the fragile network of fungi which transports micronutrients between plant roots, we allow more micronutrients to make their way to our plants then our animals and ultimately onto your plate.
Meat from regenerative farms has been shown to contain more omega-3 fatty acids among other micronutrients.
Further reading: Are regeneratively raised foods healthier?
Wildlife & Biodiversity
Wide Plant Varieties + No Chemicals = Improved Wildlife Habitats + Increased Biodiversity
By planting a wide variety of plants on our farm and by not using synthetic chemicals or fertilisers, we are improving wildlife habitats and increasing biodiversity. Since we have started farming regeneratively, we have seen various species return to the farm including hares, goldfinches, meadow brown butterflies, and bumblebees.
Further reading: How regenerative agriculture can recover bee populations
Flood & Drought Resilience
Wide Plant Varieties + No Ploughing + Mob Grazing = Improved Soil Structure + Improved Flood & Drought Resilience
Growing a variety of plants with deep and shallow roots, not ploughing the soil, and moving cattle regularly through mob grazing, all allow the structure of the soil to be improved such that it becomes sponge like with more air gaps. This increases the capacity for the soil to soak up and retain water in times of heavy downpours, reducing the risk of flooding and run-off, and provides plants with a greater reserve of water in times of drought.
Further reading: Flood and Drought Management
What's Good Right Now
Had the rump steak just now. Absolutely fantastic!
"...we can smell the herbs..."
When we cook your mince, we can smell the herbs ……!
Thank you very much for the wonderful beef! I cooked the brisket yesterday and it had rave reviews from all three of us!
"...best piece of beef..."
We are all agreed, absolutely hands down, without a shadow of a doubt, the best piece of beef since we stopped raising our own. And probably better than ours…
Thank you again.
Beautiful meat reared with the utmost respect for animals and the environment.
Amazing meat. Up there with the best we’ve had and love how well the animals are treated.
We sell beautifully and ethically crafted products, including our regeneratively farmed meat, produced by artisans and craftspeople, from natural and sustainable materials.
The benefits environmentally of regenerative farming are clear. Hares have returned to the farm, along with other insects and birds. Our soil can cope with huge dumps of rain, in a way others can't.
Pasture-reared beef and pork, and eggs from pasture-kept chickens, are lower in cholesterol, higher in Omega 3 fatty acids and higher in heart disease-fighting antioxidant vitamins, like vitamin E.