|Derbyshire - Meynell Langley Organic Meat|
Meynell Langley Organic MeatLodge Farm,
Contact: Helen or Godfrey Meynell
Telephone: 01332 824815
Organic - Beef and Lamb (online orders and Farmers' Markets)
Meynell Langley is a small country estate in Derbyshire which has been owned by the Meynell family for hundreds of years.
There are three farms on the estate, and one of these, Lodge Farm, has been farmed organically by its owner, Godfrey Meynell, since 1991. Godfrey was motivated by his belief that gentle food production and management for wildlife could go hand in hand and were the best way to look after the land in his care. He established a pedigree suckler herd of Welsh Black Cattle to produce organic beef and a flock of North Country Cheviot sheep for organic lamb.
Today, Godfrey is producing organic beef and lamb as well as small scale vegetables and cereals at Lodge Farm. Godfrey and his wife Helen host regular farm and estate walks for customers and local groups, and are beginning work on educational links and access projects to promote environmental education and models for sustainable food production.
Since 1991 Lodge Farm, Meynell Langley has been producing delicious, healthy food without putting birds and other wildlife at risk from pesticides and herbicides. Numerous plant species thrive in the old grass meadows which make up nearly two-thirds of the farm near Kirk Langley. Farming without artificial fertilisers means you have to really look after the soil, using manure and grass/clover leys to build soil fertility. It makes sense that if you have healthy soil, rich in nutrients, then your plants will be healthy, and the animals eating them will be healthy.
Customers often comment that Meynell Langley meat tastes like the meat they remember eating in their childhoods. The animals are reared slowly to allow full flavour to develop, and fed on natural organic rations. The meat is then allowed to mature before butchering which develops its flavour and increases tenderness.
Our philosophy is one of ‘gentle’ farming, working with nature rather than trying to control it. We use no pesticides or artificial fertilisers, and don’t overload the land with high stocking rates. We believe that this makes for healthier soil and consequently healthier plants and animals.
Soil Association standards demand a high level of animal welfare, and restrict the use of veterinary medicines. Genetically modified ingredients are not permitted in the feed for organic animals.
Lodge Farm includes woodland, permanent pasture, old hedgerows, streams, ponds and a wetland area. Our farming methods are chosen to minimise impact on these, and to protect them for the benefit of wildlife.
Creation date : 21/02/2007 @ 16:19
Last update : 05/10/2008 @ 21:17
Category : Derbyshire
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