We moved to Rookery Farm in 2005 in response to our passion for gardening, our love of fine cooking and wholesome food and our growing concern about the way in which much of our food was grown and produced commercially, with profit margin driving the bottom line instead of quality, taste and animal welfare.
The land has been farmed here continually at least since the early 1500s when the house was built as part of the Ickworth estate. Although in need of TLC when we arrived, the soil is a fertile clay loam and the meadows rich in herbs and the land rests on gentle south facing slope.
We run the holding on sustainable principles, though we are not registered organic. The animals are managed on a high welfare system, with low stocking rates and ample freedom to roam. Feed is free from chemical preservatives, medicinal additives and GM material.
Our mission is to bring the best local food to local people and to help people learn new things, to live well and tread a little lighter on the planet.
We want our products to taste great, be healthy and be produced sustainably. We want our business to thrive and make us a reasonable living and at the same time strive to be socially and economically responsible too. In short, great local food, ethically sourced. We have tried to explain how we will deliver this in a set of principles we will expect our producer partners as well as ourselves, to follow. Check them out here and hold us to account!