We see the farm as a natural habitat that can function in healthy collaboration with both human and wildlife needs.
Our fields have been used for cattle and sheep grazing for 300 years or more.
The name Katewell is from the Norse and means river valley of the cattle, or place of milking.
The whole site is aimed at being a place for nature connection, observation and learning. There will be little info signs springing up around the place as we get more established.
We can offer half or full day workshops on the below...
- Permaculture - designing regenerative lifestyles
- Project Drawdown - helping people to find their point of leverage to slow down climate change
- Food preparation, preserving, pickling etc
- Foraging and observing habitats
Chickens are great gardeners. They can turn your compost pile, provide pest control and till your garden. We have some Well Summer chooks.
Traditional orchards are wildlife havens. They were recognised as a UK Priority Habitat for conservation as they provide food and shelter for thousands of animals and plants, many of which are species of high conservation priority themselves.
Sheep are excellent natural lawnmowers, keeping weeds down and manuring at the same time. They improve soil health and reduce soil compaction if replacing machinery. Our Castle Milk Muirit sheep are a hardy and primitive breed of real characters.
Plant-rich diets reduce carbon emissions and also tend to be healthier, leading to lower rates of chronic disease. We have mulched three long beds with manure and seaweed so that the they will be ready for growing.
Tall grasslands tend to include nectar-rich plants, in turn attracting hover flies, butterflies, moths and bees. The habitat will also be more likely to support small mammals and even reptiles.
Bees are some of the most important crop pollinators. They increase production of about 75 percent of crop species. We are re-introducing one colony in 2020.