Riverford Wicked Leeks

Kate & Andrew Maciver-Redwood

“We’re trying to create a sustainable system here,” says Kate Redwood. “Somewhere that everything has its place: the animals produce manure for the veg and in turn we produce as much feed as we can on site for the animals in winter.”  Kate and Andrew’s farm in located on the Cornish bank of the Tamar valley and has been organic since 2003. “This area was once really well-known for it’s orchards and market gardens. But so much of that has been scrubbed out now, and we want to be part of a regenerative process in the area.”

As well as 100 sheep they have a suckler herd on their land, which is made up of a South Devon bull called Ferdinand and his harem of cows, and they supply both beef and lamb to the Riverford Meat Boxes.They also grow broad beans, potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli, carrots and leeks, and have planted an orchard with 100 apple trees.

Animal welfare is a top priority for the Redwoods.“We use a local abattoir and so all are animals are born and bred on the farm, and then killed just up the road,” she says. “They don’t get transported far.” While on the farm they are kept in the most natural conditions as possible. “I think it’s important to keep the horns on the cows,” says Kate. “So we keep the stock density low and have built a new shed to allow the indoor feeding of horned animals. “The theory is that the horns actually improve the animals digestion, and removing them can be quite disruptive, some people even believe it can increase the amount of methane they produce, which is a greenhouse gas.

"We arrived intending to honour and join Nature's dance, working with her. We endeavour to learn something of her fine balance (if somewhat clumsily!) and how to become custodians of this truly beautiful countryside."