We have a farm business tenancy agreement with Molescroft farm near Beverley. The land is 5.5 acres and costs £500 a year rent. Before we moved on the land it had not been farmed for 10 years and was in an environmental stewardship scheme for the past 5 years, no cultivation took place in that which resulted in a rich soil with a good structure.
Although the soil is heavy clay it has an open structure which is good for growing the crops we want. Our no dig farming method is designed to get the most out of a rich clay soil. In our first year, we test planted several different crops and all in all it was a great success as you can see from the pictures on the website and social media.
Molescroft Farm is family owned, farming over 600 hectares in the heart of East Yorkshire, of which more than 10% is managed primarily for wildlife and the environment. In conjunction with this, they host educational access to the farm from schools. They have been very supportive of Frith Farm, allowing us to use the land in the first place; they also help us with tractor work and have allowed us to tap into their water supply.