Jody Scheckter started his organic/biodynamic farm in Hampshire to produce the best-tasting, healthiest food without compromise for himself and his family. Jody explains “We want to sell our food regionally and “from the field to the fork”. We sell what we produce i.e. we want to be a genuine “farm shop” not just a shop on a farm”.
The farm’s aim is to become self-sustaining and self-sufficient, producing the, “best-tasting, healthiest food, without compromise”. Everything they do stems from that. To achieve this the staff hope to create the most ideal, natural, healthy environment that will enable the animals and crops to thrive. Jody follows nature strictly, but use the latest and best scientific research, techniques and equipment. To achieve a natural, healthy environment, biodiversity as well as slow-growing animals and plants are vital factors. This begins with the soil – soil is 90% of farming – there are more living organisms in a handful of good soil than people on earth! By enhancing the healthy bacteria and fungi in our soils, this aids plants to absorb the nutrients effectively and that is what gets the nutrients from the soil to the plant.
Laverstoke leads the way in Biodynamic and Organic Farming methods in the UK. They do, however prefer to use the term ‘farming with nature’ as they believe their methods go further than biodynamics and organics. The farm covers some 2,500 acres (or 1,200 football pitches) that is certified as Biodynamic by Demeter and the parkland is certified as Organic by the Soil Association.