Who are EDOF?
At EDOF we are dedicated to the organic way of life, and have even won awards for it!
We farm organic pigs which we sell from our own on-farm butchery, and organic cereal crops.
Organic = free range. It is one of the criteria for animal welfare standards, and the primary reason we are organic, but it also controls what the animals are fed and how they are cared for throughout their lives.
We strive to farm with nature, encouraging all manner of wildlife, particularly insects and birds that have seen such a decline in recent years due to intensive farming. We see their contribution to the food chain as essential.
We work to a strict set of standards ensuring our farm sustains healthy soil, ecosystems and people.
The land that we farm is in a Higher Level Environmental Scheme which aims to encourage farm land birds back to their natural habitat. Years of unsympathetic farming practices have damaged these, and we are keen to redress the balance and to protect our diverse wildlife population.
We want to eat good food that is good to the animals and the environment. As a society we do not pay the full environmental cost of producing meat on an industrial scale, let alone the animal suffering involved.
We say #EatLessEatBetterMeat
Our produce brings you food you can trust. Look for the Organic Symbol. Our pork is pure and natural with no added water. This means you know exactly what you're eating. No preservatives in our sausages!
We are the farmers who feed the pigs. We care for the animals ourselves and sell our own meat directly. No middle-man. Fewer food miles. A fair price for the farmer.
We are organic in every sense of the word. We invite our customers to take a walk around the farm and understand why we're different.
We are first generation farmers. We started farming here as contract farmers on 30 acres of organic land on the Hatherop Estate in Gloucestershire. The estate was then owned by the late Sir Thomas Bazely who was an organic enthusiast and clearly ahead of his time! We were farming free-range pigs and although the sows were kept free-range, their offspring (the meat generation) were moved to another farm to be reared indoors. This is not what we wanted for the pigs so we decided to buy 2 sows a week from the herd to have as our own.
When we took the tenancy of the whole farm in 2000, we converted all the land to organic, and we now have 45 organic sows with all progreny spending their entire lives outdoors, able to dig and root and graze. This is more like it!
The estate is now owned by the Ernest Cook Trust, an educational charity and we see this as a key link to encouraging wider access to the land that produces our food.
Currently, we are converting the pig herd to a native breed, the British Saddleback, and we aim to feed them more sustainably with grazing of diverse herbal leys grown on the farm.
Eastleach Downs Organic Farm Story
Deborah Ward, Lechlade
"We've had a selection of cuts of meat from Eastleach Downs Farm and I can honestly say I've never tasted pork so delicious. The shoulders are succulent and fall off the bone, the ribs were devoured in moments, the sausages are seriously tasty and the bacon is the best ever. I shan't be buying pork anywhere else in the future. Can't wait to try the chops next!"
Sian Salter, Quenington
"The pork was lean, moist and incredibly flavoursome. They must be very happy, harmonious pigs. I will be ordering pork from Eastleach Downs Organic Farm on a regular basis. Thank you, Helen!"
Mike Strutt, Eastleach
"If I ever find myself in the unfortunate position of being on death row, my last meal would definitely be Eastleach Downs pork and leek sausages with a side order of back bacon."
To see what is happening with us on the farm head over to our blog which is updated when time allows..!
We only sell pork from our own farm, butchered here using traditional methods in our small on-farm butchery.
Every product is handmade - our sausages have no preservatives, and our bacon is dry-cured for nearly a month to produce the best bacon ever!
Fresh or frozen, everything we sell is of the finest quality.