Smallholding Rails Farm
Rails Farm – Smallholding – near Sherborne in beautiful rural Dorset
Spun and carded WOOL is on sale. Please contact us for more information.
Delicious MEAT will be on sale this summer
GOOSE Eggs are on sale again
Hurray we have become fossil fuel free for heating Rails Farm. A new ground source heat pump is keeping us warm supporting the country’s move to carbon free technology.
Delicious honey (almost gone) has been extracted and is now available to YOU. Please contact us for purchasing our product.
Our 1st Open Fun Day in the school holiday, Thursday 9th August, 1pm to 4pm, Free Entry – A real success with about hundred happy people – All about it.
Our nine acre smallholding Rails Farm is located in rural Dorset near Somerset and Wiltshire. You can easily reach our beautiful piece of land from Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum, Gillingham, Stalbridge, Sturminster Newton, Yeovil and Dorchester. Our journey, to become self sufficient and ecologically sustainable started in summer 2013. We began to grow fruit and vegetables, planted trees for fire wood, and acquired chickens, geese, and sheep. A rain water harvesting system supplies water to our fields, a poly tunnel, and our domestic washing machine. Ducks, bees, and alpacas joined the menagerie, and there are more ideas in the pipeline.
Produce and livestock
We currently have thirty two Shetland sheep (15 lambs from 2018 lambing season) and two alpacas, all growing lovely soft fleeces. With this year’s lambs we should have collected enough fleeces to have them professionally spun. Soon you should be able to buy locally and sustainably produced wool from our own livestock. Organically (not certified) reared lamb meat can also be purchased on request. We have only limited quantities because we allow our Shetlands enough time to naturally grow.
Although we are not certified, all our produce is grown along organic principles. Our soft fruit, fruit, vegetables and hay have not been in contact with any artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. We produce our fertiliser from our own organic material. This has either developed in compost heaps and worm composter, or supplied by pony and horse poo from good friends in the village. This is because we believe there is only one planet, and that deserves to be protected and to be treated with respect. Hence our MOTTO, ‘live organic’ which makes everyone happy and healthy.
Maths, Physics, Science and German
We both worked as research scientists in London for many years. I am a Physicist and a trained Science, Maths teacher. My wife is a post graduate Biochemist and she is in charge of growing produce to feed our family of five.
I have been working as a Maths, Science teacher and a Head of Physics for fifteen years at several very successful schools. Those range from pupil referral units to grammar schools. Therefore, I am an experienced teacher on all academic levels, from entry level certificates to Oxbridge entrance interviews for A-level students. Most importantly, is to engage students’ emotional intelligence as much as their academic potential. We will achieve this by relating everything to real life applications.
I am currently teaching Maths & Science at a local school in Dorchester and A-level Physics and Btech Science at Weymouth College. I love Maths and Science and enjoy teaching and tutoring those exciting subjects as a Maths Tutor, Science Tutor and Physics Tutor.
German conversation – Our German Roots
We are both native speaker and communicate bilingual with our children. So, if you want to improve your pronunciation and/or your fluency, come and speak to us. This might be for your holiday, your business or just the joy of speaking the language. Don’t hesitate and contact us. Dann koennen wir uns in Deutsch unterhalten.