Jody Scheckter started his organic/biodynamic farm in Hampshire to produce the best-tasting, healthiest food without compromise for himself and his family. However, when he realised as a smallholder that it meant eating beef continuously for eight weeks whenever a cow was slaughtered he decided to make the same food available to the public.
Jody explains “We want to sell our food regionally and "from the field to the fork". We sell what we produce i.e. we want to be a genuine “farm shop” not just a shop on a farm”.
The farm’s aim is to become self-sustaining and self-sufficient, producing the:
Best-tasting, healthiest food, without compromise
“Everything we do stems from that. To achieve this we are creating the most ideal, natural, healthy environment that will enable our animals and crops to thrive. We follow nature strictly, but use the latest and best scientific research, techniques and equipment.”
“To achieve a natural, healthy environment, biodiversity as well as slow-growing animals and plants are vital factors. This begins with the soil – soil is 90% of farming – there are more living organisms in a handful of good soil than people on earth! By enhancing the healthy bacteria and fungi in our soils, this aids plants to absorb the nutrients effectively and that is what gets the nutrients from the soil to the plant. We believe we go further than organic and biodynamic principles…”
Biodynamics was started in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner. It was the first organic movement as Steiner foresaw the destruction that chemical farming would cause. Under biodynamic philosophies the farm is regarded as a whole unit - biodynamic preparations are added to the compost and the land; planting follows the cycles of the moon as much as possible in a British climate.
Biodynamic and Organic
The 2,500 acres of Laverstoke Park Farm and the parkland at Laverstoke are certified as biodynamic by Demeter and is classed as organic by the Soil Association.
There are two organisations which most closely meet our human health philosophies and we find their guidance helpful; Weston A. Price (of which we are a local Chapter), www.westonaprice.org and the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, www.price-pottenger.org. To summarise, they basically recommend the foods that your grandmother told you to eat, as in years gone by people ate to stay healthy as there were no antibiotics, etc. We strongly believe that your health depends upon the food our animals eat so…
Good Soil = Good Grass = Good Quality Animals =
Better Tasting Food = Happy People!