Step Farm, Oxfordshire
Step Farm is a 600 hectare mixed farm in the upper Thames valley near Faringdon, some of which is rented from the National Trust. The Saunders family began producing food organically in 1982. They have a mixture of enterprises including dairy cows, beef and cereals.
The 800 black and white Freisian/Holstein dairy herd graze the fields on the farm. The milk is sold to the Organic Milk Suppliers Co-operative who make organic dairy products such as yoghurt, cheese and ice-cream.
Conservation is an important aspect of the work on the farm. A pond has been created and new hedges provide valuable wildlife corridors through the farm. The farm has a site of special scientific interest that supports a host of rare species, including the yellow rattle, hairy buttercup, black hairstreak butterfly and great green cricket. Studies have been conducted on the farm on birds like the skylark, grey partridge and sparrows. Canadian geese visit most years to lay their eggs.
Arranging a visit
Groups can arrange a guided walk around the farm. Students are welcome to visit the farm by arrangement.
How to get there
By train: Public transport is limited. Railway stations are at Oxford and Swindon.
By bus: Bus links are available to Faringdon.
By road: Take the Lechlade road out of Faringdon. The sign post to Step Farm is on the left after about a mile.
- Pat, Daphne, Miles and Annabel Saunders, Step Farm, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8BH
- T: Pat and Daphne Saunders: 01367 240183, Miles and Annabel Saunders: 01367 240558
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