Progressive and Passionate
The Gantletts have been farming at Yatesbury since 1968.
Richard and Charlotte Gantlett farm today, supported by their children with the aim to produce the best quality produce in the most sustainable manner.
We have an enthusiastic team of local, dedicated and skilled farmers (our staff), engineers, craftsmen and tradesmen who support and make the team.
Yatesbury House Farm is a 534 ha family farm, on the Wiltshire downs near Avebury. Experience and tradition is combined with a deep-rooted belief that farming should work together with nature, not against it. The bio dynamic methods we use are a key part of achieving sustainable, natural and quality food.
At Yatesbury House Farm, we are focused on providing the highest quality of produce with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet our customers expectations.
- Dedicated Team working sustainably and ethically, constantly striving to improve the whole farm through research.
- Feed the Soil diverse ley mixture (33 varieties), Dynamic grazing by cattle, High Biomass
Rotation, BD preps, and Bio-cultivations
- Light Cultivations no ploughing since 2003, <5t tractors, satellite guided, low cost/low input
- 3D Sowing competitive, diverse and high quality crops, vibrant rooting, under sowing, low weed burden
The cultivated crops on the farm are wheat, barley, oats and field beans.
We work closely with our long term customers who produce flour, porridge oats, malt for
whiskey and now lentils.
See our Soil and Life page for more information.
Technology is important to our progress as satellite guided tractors demonstates.
Soil Quality or Terroir is a critical influence for produce quality.
This factor has been understood in viticulture for a long time and is beginning to be understood in farming.
"… so many more bugs here than other farms I go to", "the hares are the size of foxes here", "your Farm is cherished"
Everything on our farm is work in progress. Trial and error has been a big part of developing our systems, now we like to call it research as it is a little more structured and organised. We have scoured the planet for good ideas. In this picture two Brazilian scholarship students from the University of Reading are helping to gather baseline data for a research project entitled High Biomass Rotation and its impact on Soil quality, Crop quality and Weed burden.
1040-580 mm, 800mm mean
40-23 inches, 31 inches mean
We are certified by the Soil Association for farm assurance standards known as Red Tractor.
A Japanese charitable organisation and UN NGO
have their UK base on our farm developing and demonstrating their method
of sustainable farming called Natural Agriculture. Their market garden
is beautful and their wide variety of market garden crops delicious.
They are working to encourage others to take up their method which has
been used successfully for fifty years in Japan.