Case Study - Farm 2
Ashlyns Organic Farm, EssexWebsite: www.ashlyns.co.uk
Farm details:Total farm size: 568 ha
Organic area: 139 ha
Organic veg area: 11 ha
Farm type: Arable
This is a company-run, predominantly arable farm, set up by the Collins family in 1970. It has an organic area of 139 ha producing wheat, onions and potatoes that it supplies to the main multiples. A smaller area (11 ha) is used to produce a range of 30 different types of vegetables.
The farm began converting to organics in 1997 prompted by requests from packers to grow organic potatoes. They were already experienced at growing potatoes and wanted to try something different so began growing vegetables marketed through their own organic box scheme and farm shop on site. They have now stopped selling through a box scheme and have expanded to take on another two farm shops in the region with a wide range of products also sourced from a group of local farmers.
In 2005 Ashlyns began to supply produce to local schools and launched
Business type: Limited company
Markets: Packers, box scheme (until 2005), farm shops and the public procurement sector (schools in Essex and London).