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Why are you organic?
I think the better question is why isn't everybody organic? The basic practice of organic farming, integral to animal welfare and soil health, is no chemicals. Let me introduce you to the tardigrade. A micro-animal bumbling through the soils with 8 legs, part of an essential mini-maintenance crew for our soils. In the words of Nicole Masters - 'They are virtually indestructible; surviving conditions above boiling and below absolute zero. They can withstand 10,000 times the gamma radiation that would kill you. ... Tardigrades have been on the planet ... for at least 530 million years.' Scientists even sent them into space to see if they could survive. Spoiler alert, they did. But do you know the one place you won't find tardigrades - in soils with a long history of cultivation and herbicides. If these hard as nails, ancient critters can't survive conventional modern farming, then why do we think the rest of our incredibly fragile planet can? Why are we still ploughing and spraying chemicals on our earth and on our food? There is another way, and it will feed us all.
I thought cows are a huge contributor to global warming. How can they be part of a sustainable farm?
You're right that cattle can require a massive amount of carbon inputs. This isn't due to cattle themselves, but how they are farmed. Winter fed on imported grains, high stocking densities, summer grazing fields that have been sprayed, re-seeded, chemically fertilised, this way of farming requires a huge amount of carbon.
This is not how we farm. In low numbers, like on our farm, and fed only from organic pasture, our herd has a much lower carbon footprint. Plus they are the architects of our wooded pastures, one of the most biodiverse environments in the UK. Without them our land would return to closed canopy woodland and the biodiversity on our farm would actually decrease. Here's a bit more on how we farm, but essentially on our farm cattle are key to our wildlife-led strategy.
Why grass-fed beef? What difference does it make?
It makes loads of difference. Grass or pasture-fed beef are only fed on pasture, which means no imported grains, much lower carbon footprint, better for the environment, better for the animals, and significantly better for us too. But don't just take our word for it. Please investigate for yourself. Here are some good resources to get you started - pastureforlife, Tim Spector's Spoon-fed, particularly his chapter on Bringing Back the Bacon, and these books are pretty informative too.
Organic, grass-fed, dry-aged - what does it all mean?
Essentially it means beef that is better for you, better for the environment and better for the animals. Specifically we're certified organic by the Soil Association, which ensures no pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used on the farm, no routine antibiotics are used on our herd and we maintain the highest standards of animal welfare. But we want to do more for the environment and our animals. We choose only to feed them from our farm, with no imported grains, just a natural, pastoral diet from the farm and nowhere else. This is better for our animals, ourselves and our planet. Dry-aged is the foodie bit, where good quality, slowly reared meat is made even better by hanging for a couple of weeks to improve flavour and texture.
How do i order your organic grass-fed beef?
Pick a beef box, or let us know what would suit you, drop us an email and we'll confirm the courier or pick up details and send you a payment link. It's just a click through on an email or text on your mobile, whichever suits you best. But it's a slightly more affordable way for us to take online payments. Or you could even give us a call 01291 691 988.
How do I receive my beef box?
There are a couple of options. We can courier it to you, prices are listed here. Or you can arrange to pick it up from the farm. Just give us a day and time to suit you, and we'll be here.
How do I book to stay at Trebach or camping?
Send us a quick email or give us a ring, 01291 691988. We take a deposit up front through online or mobile payment links, and the rest on arrival, cash, cheque or card. If we book up during the school holidays, we'll start to post availability on the website.
How private is Trebach?
The entrance to the holiday let is shared with the main farmhouse. There are two sets of double doors in the hallway. We go left, you go right, and the end of the house is entirely yours.
Does staying on a working farm mean everyone is awake at the crack of dawn?
It's not a dairy farm, so no 4am starts thank goodness. Our idea of agriculture is to let nature take its course as much as possible, so we spend most of our time observing and checking on things quietly. Being a nature-led farm, its the wildlife that makes most of the noise around here.
How do I pay?
For your grass fed beef boxes or your holiday deposit, we will send you a payment link either to your email address or phone, whichever suits you best. The link is simply a click away from paying by debit/credit card or paypal. We haven't put an online payment system on the website simply because of costs.