Archive for the ‘food’ Category

Organic yields in Africa

7 December, 2010

“UN research has shown that the adoption of organic and near-organic farming practices in Africa has improved yields by 116%, improved access to food for both farmers and local communities, and raised incomes.”

Isobel Tomlinson, Policy and Campaigns officer at the Soil Association
The Guardian – 7 December 2010


New pictures of the farm

4 December, 2010

We have a new slideshow at the farm’s main website.

Sheepdrove in pictures – Sheepdrove Organic Farm

We need to rethink on Phosphorous

29 November, 2010

Recently I asked the SA when we would be allowed to recycle sewage to avoid wasting nutrients – and they said it’s all down to European regulations on organic standards. It’s great that they are now campaigning to do just that.

– Jason Ball

“A radical rethink of how we farm, what we eat and how we deal with human excreta, so that adequate phosphorus levels can be maintained without reliance on mined phosphate, is crucial for ensuring our future food supplies.”
Dr Isobel Tomlinson, Soil Association policy and campaigns officer and author of the report ‘A rock and a hard place: Peak phosphorus and the threat to our food security’, November 2010

A new report from the Soil Association reveals that supplies of phosphate rock are running out faster than previously thought and that declining supplies and higher prices of phosphate are a new threat to global food security. ‘A rock and a hard place: Peak phosphorus and the threat to our food security’ highlights the urgent need for farming to become less reliant on phosphate rock-based fertiliser.
The Times (27 Nov)
Press release: New threat to global food security as phosphate supplies become increasingly scarce
Download the report here

Make the Most of Your Roast

22 November, 2010

A warming Sunday roast can help save energy and fill your belly.

Along with your meat or nut loaf, roast the veg in the oven, instead of cooking separately on the hob. Still got room to spare? Cook a pud, or extra veggies to use during the week.

Share your planet-friendly foodie tips in our Forum

Best Wishes, Rita @ Friends of the Earth

26 days left to order your turkey

22 November, 2010

Fewer than 4 weeks remaining to order your Sheepdrove Organic Traditional Christmas Turkey. We have fewer than 100 unreserved now. The Heritage turkey varieties and the geese have all sold out!






Order your organic turkey now!

Why is everyone ordering turkeys today?

10 November, 2010

“Why is everyone ordering turkeys today? Everyone seems to have realised Christmas is coming!”

Mary Dancey
Sales & Marketing

PS – We make it easy to order your Organic Christmas Turkey online!

Stock up with Organic Lamb

9 November, 2010
Organic Whole Lamb fully butchered Special Offer  

Organic Whole Lamb fully butchered
Special Offer

Price: £140.00 (each) RRP £162

A whole carcass butchered into 2 x whole leg on the bone, 2 x whole shoulders on the bone, 2 x rack, approx. 12 x loin chops, 1 x breast on the bone and approx 6 x boneless chump steaks. Order online now.

Seasonal Tweets

6 November, 2010

Subscribe or follow us on Twitter for alerts about the very best seasonal produce from our farm. Tweet yourself to our famous Organic Christmas Heritage Turkeys, and don’t forget to add gammons and mutton to your order.

SLOW FOOD – Wild Game – Fri 26 Nov

29 October, 2010

Yes, another great event by Slow Food Berkshire and Wiltshire!

Wild Game Preparation Evening and Supper

Friday 26 Nov 2010 @ 7pm

Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Lambourn. LOCATION MAP + DIRECTIONS

This is a real hands-on adventure into country cuisine. Preparing wild game for the table will be demonstrated by gamekeepers, and then you get to have a go for yourself. Followed by supper in the rather grand dining room of the Sheepdrove Eco Conference Centre, which is always delightful and delicious.

Naturally we need to know the numbers for supper so please reserve your place as soon as possible!

Slow Food members: £20      non-members: £25

For further details please contact or call 01672 541695.

Yeo Valley rappers

28 October, 2010

We spoke to Graham from Yeo Valley and he said they’ve been amazed by the success of the ‘Yeo Valley Rap’ advert. He said at one point it was the 2nd most watched music video on YouTube!

They do lots of conservation, they’re organic, they’re grass fans – you’ve got to big-up the Yeo Valley rappers.