Densholme Organic Farm Open Day
In connection with the national Open Farm Sunday on 12 June 2011, Densholme Organic Farm, at Great Hatfield nr Hornsea, opened its doors to the public, and organised a local food festival. There were an encouraging number of local suppliers with stalls, and tours of the farm itself were held throughout the day. Densholme Farm is a commercial organic farm with an increasing area offering social education, therapeutic and development opportunities for a range of individuals and groups.
The tours of the farm were led in person by Denys Fell, who converted to organic farming and gained Soil Association accreditation in 2002. He talked about his reasons for going organic, and how he had no regrets. The main crop is organic wheat. Currently he also works with English Nature to encourage wildlife in various ways, with significant success, for example in increasing the corn bunting population. Techniques to encourage birdlife include not ploughing in the wheat stubble, planting hedgerows, and planting specific seed mixes.
The farm is split across two sites, and the fair was held on the site used by Densholme Community Care Farm to provide outdoor physical activity to all those who might benefit from it. For more information about Densholme Farm see http://www.densholmefarm-action.co.uk/
The local suppliers’ fair included stalls selling preserves, honey, eggs, meat, bread, home-baked produce, specialist muesli, cider and apple juice, plants and herbs, much of which was organic. Members of the Hornsea Transition group Home Grown Hornsea were involved in the organisation of the fair, and could provide further info on suppliers. Home Grown Hornsea has a website at http://homegrownhornsea.yolasite.com/