Fordhall Organic Farm
Proud to be community owned
Come & Explore Us!
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)
Our Activities & Events
Drumming - Fordhall Care Farm Style
The Care Farm drumming down in our Yurts – showing us all that you ‘can’ beat it.
The Care Farm Thursday Group have been showing off their drumming skills down in the Yurts – a perfect setting! We had the whole group taking part, solo sessions just happened as the beat took them and dancing was inevitable!
News from Fordhall Farm
Work is now starting on our Straw Bale Bunkhouse! We need this new building as our existing porta cabins are simply inadequate for our volunteers, our adults with learning disabilities who attend our care farm, and the young people on our youth project. The porta cabins are draughty, cold and simply too small for the growing needs of our community. Moreover, our educational visits are growing each year. We welcome schools from Market Drayton, surrounding villages and as far away as Wolverhampton. We offer memorable experiences that educate and inform the next generation and we want to do more. This Bunkhouse will honour Arthur Hollins legacy, both in its ecological construction but also in what it represents. A place that is built by the community for the community. This…
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…