Lauriston Farm is a charitable, community owned, and social farming business on the Blackwater Estuary in rural Essex. They work alongside people with a learning disability to grow vegetables, raise cattle and sheep, and look after wildlife on this internationally designated piece of land. The farm and all its produce are certified Biodynamic.
They are committed to supplying our local area with high quality, fresh vegetables that are produced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Within the 210 acres of biodynamic/organic certified land, at Lauriston Farm, sits a two-acre vegetable garden which utilises a sustainable, low carbon method. The soil is fed from their own compost comprising of animal manures and plants. Water comes from a borehole on the farm.
They use polytunnels to extend the growing season and grow crops like tomatoes, peppers and aubergines. The garden and box-scheme are managed by Andre and Monique Kleinjans, with the help of many volunteers and social farming students.
All crops are grown from certified biodynamic and organic seeds and are mainly older varieties which are less uniform but good in taste and are quite different from supermarket vegetables. This year they have planted many varieties of lettuce, potatoes, leeks, garlic, broccoli, spinach, beetroot, carrots, beans, celery, pumpkins, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and much more.