FARMING IS IN OUR BLOOD
It's what our father and
grandfather did and his father before him. Our
grandfather arrived on the farm from Scotland in 1928
and our father John Gray was born here in 1929. We've
been milking Ayrshires at Goldstone Farm since John
Gray introduced them to Surrey in 1943.
As well as milking 120
Ayrshire cows, about 100 acres of the farm are used as
arable. Some fields are kept for grazing for when the
cows are turned out (March-October) and the other fields
rotate between grass for silage, maize for silage and
cereals for cow food as well as the straw for bedding. So
most of the crops, grown on Goldstone Farm, are fed to
the cattle and their muck is then spread as fertiliser
on the fields. All contributing to the annual life cycle
of the farm!
We honestly can't
think of a nicer way of earning a living. But farming is
changing at a pace and we realised that in order to
create something with a real future for our children we
needed to look beyond simply farming the land.
Goldstone Farm is one
of the last family run farms surrounding the capital and
that's important to us, both for our own small family
and also the wider issues of maintaining a positive
relationship between the working countryside and the
suburban population as well as educating anyone who
wants to learn more!
And let's not forget
the cows. Firmly a part of family life, our
prize-winning Ayrshire herd produce the creamiest, most
delicious milk you've ever tasted. Perfect for nice buy
not very naughty gelato,
packed with goodness.
We hope our goodies
make you as happy as our cows are.
James, Rob and