Our farm, located in the countryside near Bath, has been organic for over 40 years and provides many seasonal vegetables for the shop. The team are now focusing on building ecosystems on farm and creating habitats for wildlife, which goes hand in hand with selling locally as a part of an environmentally friendly model.
A wide variety of fruit, vegetables and salad are grown on the 5 acres of land at Radford Mill Farm, which has gradually expanded over the years and also has an orchard, a squash field and a recently planted forest of acorn and willow trees which has been designed to protect our local wildlife.
Greens such as kale, spinach, chard and salad leaves are grown all year round in the polytunnels, but the focus is on seasonality. This is encouraged in the shop, and extends to the juice bar next door, where menus change depending on the ingredients most available.
During the summer months at the farm we grow courgette, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, radish, and leaks, and as the business excels, we aim to plant more. Towards the end of the summer months, heading into autumn months, our apple and pear orchard come into fruition. We six varieties of apples and two varieties of pears which provide all of our stock at the shop during the autumn and winter seasons.
Events and Volunteering
Radford Mill Farm has a public walkway open all year round, as well as guided tours and events that mark turning points in the calendar, such as the end of the harvest festival. Over the summer months, music festivals and plenty of weddings are also held on the land, bringing people into contact with nature and teaching them a little about growing your own food too. A worldwide volunteer scheme known as WWOOF also brings people from all corners of the globe to work on Radford Mill Farm, learning about organic methods and contributing to the venture that provides good food in greener ways.
The farm also provides eggs from the free range chickens who are fed organically, and the farm have recently introduced bees from which the team now provide honey for the shop and help bee populations to thrive. Organic farms help bee populations survive by providing a safe space free from pesticides where bees can pollinate local wild flowers and farmed crops alike.