We hopped in the car not too long ago to take in some of the Devon fresh air and stretch our legs on Eversfield Farm, and caught up with the Burys, the busiest family in the land.
A little organic magic
“Within two years of going organic there were salmon swimming in the stream again,” says head of the family Mark Bury, pointing to the bottom of the field we’re standing on. He then draws attention to the difference between two fields on the other side of the stream, separated by a path. The one on the right – belonging to the Burys – is lush and green, and the one on the left – sold by the Burys to a neighbouring farmer – is by stark contrast arid and yellow. It’s as striking a picture could ever be of the differences between organic and non-organic farming.
Mark planted over 30,000 trees and miles upon miles of hedgerows when he first bought the patch of land and the surrounding landscape has gone on to flourish. Now, his Angus herd of 65 breeding cows and a sheep flock of 210 breeding ewes (a mix of Poll Dorset, Poll Dorset cross, and north country mules) enjoy acres and acres of clover-rich grass.
Have you met Budgehill Nectar?
Industrious farm manager, Julian, and his assistant, Jess, watch over the Angus herd and sheep flock every day, making sure every animal, from Budgehill Nectar, the oldest cow at a stately 17 years old, to Rosie, the extra-precious brand-new brown calf (they haven’t had a brown calf in 10 years) are happy. Everyone pitches in though, getting their wellies on, and when Mark and wife Emily aren’t saying hello to the animals, daughter Anna is; she’s also looking after their brilliant range of charcuterie, Roam & Relish, the busy bee.
Walking amongst the contented animals and chatting with the Burys, hearing how passionate they are about their organic land and all that’s on it, you can’t help but think this is farming the way it should be.
Fancy getting away from it all?
Then you can even go for a spot of glamping
at picturesque Eversfield Lodge.