Yesterday, we woke up to hear Farming Today talking about minimum and no-till farming. Jenni, Tom and Kate then headed off to a local AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) meeting all about Regenerative Agriculture. It’s a popular topic at the moment and it’s one that we’re leading the way on. This year, we’re planting all our barley using our direct drill and not cultivating the fields, as well as a large proportion of our wheat too.In a nutshell, this means that we don’t disturb the ground at all when... Read More
Any countryside dweller will tell you that not all wellies are made equal. There’s nothing worse than confidently striding through a puddle on a lane, or walking through the shallows on the beach, and feeling that awful sensation of a wet sock. Or strolling round a muddy farm show and finding that your boots are rubbing and your feet hurt for a week afterwards… It’s even more important on the farm or in the still house. You want boots that are comfy, breathable and that don’t ruin your soles (and... Read More
In the last fortnight we’ve planted all our barley for this summer’s crop (and next year’s whisky). As discussed in our previous post, 130 acres of this have been direct drilled straight into the cover crop that was drilled into the stubble after last year’s harvest. Around 75 acres has been planted conventionally. Here’s a video of Tom talking about direct drilling in more detail (click here to view).
Field to bottle isn’t just a phrase we use. As one of the few distilleries around the world who farm all the barley they use in their whisky, we not only get to choose which varieties we grow, we also determine how we grow it. This is really important to us and something that our co-founders know and care a lot about. Tom has lived on the farm for his whole life and has been farming (or working on the farm) since he was young. David’s area of expertise is... Read More
Co-founder Tom has long been an advocate of wind power – he first put in an application for a wind turbine in the early 90s but the farm’s proximity to an RAF base meant that it wasn’t feasible to have one then. Tom kept researching the prospect though and in the late 2000s, T1 and T2 were installed. Between them, they generate 400,000 kw electricity a year and whenever the wind is blowing, they are in motion. When they’re moving, they provide all of the power needed for the farm, brewery... Read More