farmingGeorge has been running Curtis Farm for 11 years.
Over that time, he has transformed the farm from an intensive conventional arable farm, to a mixed farm dedicated to bringing nature back to the farmed landscape.
For the Agroforestry Weekend in 2024, the farm will be open to a guided farm tour by George, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Meeting in the farm yard at 10:45am for an 11am set off. Tours will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be on foot, taking in the entirety of the farm, including the beef suckler cows (Red Polls and Beef Shorthorns), the Wild Seam, and of course, the Agroforestry.
For more information about George, check out his Instagram page linked below.
Where are we?
Address: Curtis Farm, Fobbing
Postcode: SS17 9JJ
Google Pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/KynQf2toruM2boiY7
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The farm is only open for the guided tour. There is no free access allowed.
To join the tour, please meet in the farmyard at 10:45 for an 11am set off.
Tours will last approximately 2.5 hours.
Farm Walk Info
You are welcome to just turn up, but you can also pre-book by emailing email@example.com
I am afraid that there is no transport on the farm. When we say farm walk, that is just what it is: a great opportunity to be out in the open air getting some exercise. But don’t worry, there will be plenty of points where we stop. It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to get out.
Appropriate footwear for unstable ground is recommended, as well as checking out the weather before you leave. Please bring your own hydration also.
At Curtis Farm, George runs pedigree Beef Shorthorn and pedigree Red Poll cows, including crossing the breeds. This herd was established at the end of 2020 (around the same time as the agroforestry) with just 11 in-calf cows purchased. The herd is now close to 100 strong, and is run with animal welfare as paramount. The cows are high herd health accredited for all five of the main cattle diseases – neospora, IBR, BVD, Johne’s and leptospirosis.
A project that began as a seed in 2017, with work commencing in 2021, the Wild Seam is designed as an area of permanent organic natural habitat running through the middle of the farm, dedicated to ecology, where nature dictates what happens (utilising the cows rarely and in sharp bursts to mimic bovines in the wild).
In early 2023 George was awarded funding from National Highways for this seam, massively increasing its scope, and allowing for the provision of six new ponds, many miles of new hedging, plus heritage orchards and ancillary infrastructure. This work is ongoing with works to be completed by early 2025. However, the site will continue to dynamically evolve for the decades to come.
When you arrive, please drive through the commercial estate to the farm yard at the back. There will be plenty of room to park.
Please ensure that your shoes / boots are clean when you come to the farm. This is even more critical if you are a farmer and come from a livestock farm, or if you walk around land with livestock. There will be disinfectant dip at the yard, and everyone going on the walk will be expected to disinfect their footwear before venturing out on the farm walk.
I understand that it sounds lovely to bring your dog to a farm, but unfortunately for biosecurity reasons with our High Herd Health cows, we cannot allow dogs on the farm.