Sheepdrove Organic Farm in Berkshire UK is a remarkable example of how a person’s dreams can become reality. The farm is a truly unique example of sustainabile design.
The farm is owned by the Kindersley family (Peter Kindersley of Dorling Kindersley publishers) and started as a small plot of land with a windmill. Peter Kindersley describes, with some amusement, the book on self-sufficiency which has now sold millions of copies and which inspired the continued expansion of the farm.
Peter also gives a very compelling talk on the reasons for supporting organic farming, which extend far beyond the common emphasis on health to the sustainable nature of farming without using industrial methods: the diversity of plant and animal life on the same land, the health of the soil, the wellbeing of the animals, the growing of more real food. The chicks spend time in their own conservatory extension prior to becoming free-range out of doors. Every detail of the working of the farm has been scrutinised and designed for the benefit of the land, the well-being of the animals and the good quality of the food.
The latest addition to the farm is the Kindersley Centre, a beautiful and extraordinary timber framed conference centre on the top of the chalk down land.
Congratulations to the whole Kindersley family who continue to strive to provide an international example of superb farming though big hearts, hard work and thoughtful, brilliant design.