Welcome to Fordhall Farm
Proud to be community owned
Fordhall Organic Farm, in Market Drayton, north Shropshire is England’s first community owned farm and has been organic for over 65 years – we offer a warm welcome to all.Our tenant farmer Ben rears grass fed beef, lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork. Owned by a charitable community-benefit society, our farm is open to the public as an enjoyable and educational resource year round.
Fordhall Farm led the way in organic farming after the war, pioneered British yoghurt production in the 1950’s, and after being saved from development in 2006 through a pioneering national campaign, it is now owned by over 8000 community shareholders.
We are open year round to the public as well as offering free farm trails, organic café, group tours, glamping in our yurts, educational visits, events, courses, weddings, meeting room space, care farming and volunteering opportunities… phew! And, as you delve into our website you will find there is a lot more to the Fordhall story… happy surfing!
Farm Shop and Arthur’s Farm Kitchen: Tues – Sat 9.30am – 5.00pm and Sun 10.00am – 4.00pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00am – 4.00pm.
To receive a welcome direct from Ben and Charlotte Hollins, listen to this .mp3 (recorded by them in 2009)
NEW GEOCACHE ROUTE
There are millions of geocaches around the world, just waiting for you to find them and this summer we launch our route on the farm ‘Cow Pat Caches’. We’d love you to come and see if you can retrieve the caches, from the six easy ones on Charlotte’s Trail for younger children or, if you are willing to go the extra miles on Arthur’s Walk and find nine more puzzles, challenges, tree climbs and an adventure beyond the usual routes of the farm.
Saturday, July 9 – 9.30am to 4pm
DRAGON EGG TRAIL
Fordhall has been entrusted with some very special gifts this summer – dragon eggs. These unique eggs are only with us for a short time during the summer holidays and if children are smart enough to solve the riddles, they will be rewarded with some beautiful surprises – and a certificate.
Starts Saturday, July 20 – Trails open at 9.30am – 5pm & 10am – 4pm bank holidays £1.50 per child
Spend a weekend or week in our insulated yurt posh camping! They sleep 6, have privacy and you can see the stars!
Visit our farm shop and purchase your meat straight from the farm. Open butchery counter – deli counter – pork pies – cheeses…
Our onsite café sits in our eco building, serving freshly cooked hot lunches, light bites & freshly ground organic coffee.
News from Fordhall Farm
On Wednesdays and Thursdays our Community Garden plays host to our band of people from around Market Drayton and outline areas. These very…
Arthur and May Hollins employed demonstrators to promote their dairy products in all of the large stores where their products were on sale.…
On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February we had our first volunteer weekend of 2016. Our intrepid volunteers braved gale force winds and…
Every Tuesday at Fordhall Farm is our ‘Parent and Toddlers’ Group. In our secure and beautiful classroom there are various toys and activities…