Visit an organic farm

Blacklake Farm, Devon

Blacklake Farm lies seven miles from the coast at Sidmouth and is a good example of a traditional Devon family farm. The farmland is varied - a mix of permanent old pasture, deciduous woodland and old apple orchards. The lie of the land is undulating interrupted by several steep sided, deep valleys called ‘goyles’ - a beautiful place and well worth a visit.

Organic livestock

The farm animals are all traditional native breeds. Being indigenous to the area they are well suited to the land, and the land to them. The ruby red Devon cattle and Dorset sheep thrive on the old pasture of Blacklake Farm, needing only home-grown hay or silage in the winter. The Gloucester old spot pigs are free-range, rooting around in the corners of the orchard, or cultivating a piece of rough ground, fertilising as they go.

Conservation

Organic farming practices are excellent for wildlife and the farm manages much of the land under a ten year countryside stewardship agreement. This protects natural plant and wildlife habitats such as ancient hedgerows, woodland, and uncultivated field margins. The farm is restoring ancient orchards, adding diversity and apples for juicing.

Produce direct from the farm

Blacklake Farm sells fine quality meats from traditional breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs - all born, bred, reared and finished on the farm. The meat is butchered locally and hung for the correct times to give optimum flavour and tenderness. Shepherds Flock wool throws and scarves are made from the wool of Blacklake Farm's pedigree flock of Dorset Down sheep. Dorset Down sheep are one of the oldest native English breeds, and are currently on the rare breeds register. They have many good qualities, not least the calibre of their wool - one of the best of all British wools. The fleece is dense, soft, and creamy white. It produces a soft, lively fine yarn.

Holiday accommodation

The Hay House is a beautifully restored and furnished self catering holiday house with far reaching views of classic Devon countryside: Dartmoor to the west and Exmoor to the east. It is just three miles from the coast at Sidmouth, the south west coast path and the World Heritage jurassic coastline. Hay House offers total peace and tranquility amidst the seasonal ebb and flow of traditional farm life. Contact the farm for details.

Educational visits

It is important for farms to build relationships with the public. This helps create and maintain a better, shared understanding of the countryside and food production. At Blacklake Farm, the educational access programme encourages this connection. Blacklake Farm is accredited by CEVAS - Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. This means that the farm has been approved for Educational Visits regards knowledge of the national curriculum and appropriate Health & Safety for visiting school children. Thanks to its diversity, Blacklake Farm has a lot to offer for educational visits from pre-school to 6th Form. There is abundant wildlife, both flora and fauna, working farm conservation, plus a great deal to see on the stock and land management side which can be linked to many areas of the national curriculum such as history, geography, and science.If you would like to discuss the possibility of a visit, please visit our website or contact Catherine Broomfield at the farm.  

Arranging a visit   

Visits by arrangement only.  

How to get there   

Detailed directions are available from the farm and its comprehensive website.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website         

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