What's Real Food?
We chose the name HILL FARM REAL FOOD because we think it conveys, in a no-nonsense way, what we are trying to do.
We strive to produce naturally healthy food with nutritional integrity, nothing added in and nothing taken out. And we produce it in a way that works with nature as much as possible, restores our environment and builds soil.
Recent science is showing time and time again the importance of good soil management, nourishing the vast crowd of tiny and microscopic creatures beneath our feet - the soil microbiome. In tandem with this, it's becoming well known that our own health is massively influenced by the human microbiome - particularly in the gut. We believe the health of soils, plants, animals and humans are closely linked and REAL FOOD is the key.
Please bear in mind that some of our products are not available year-round - because we work with the seasons. For example we only sell beef between late Spring and late Autumn to fit in with the time when the grass is at its best. This avoids the need to feed concentrated feed to get them up to finished weight.
We carry out no routine cultivation or cropping, and we don't spray chemicals on the land. Our farm is managed under organic guidelines, and we are currently in the 'conversion process' before we are allowed to label our goods as fully organic.
Our farming is influenced by holistic management principles and farm scale permaculture. Our aim is for the farm to become a multi-level perennial polyculture, meaning diverse pastures interspersed with trees, hedges, woodland and ponds.
Grass pasture is our main crop. Grazing animals - correctly managed - are essential from an environmental point of view (building soils, sequestering carbon and restoring the hydrological cycle) as well as producing high quality food for human nourishment.