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Duchy Home Farm

The Duchy Home Farm is an organic food.

Sustainability, organic, and biodynamic farming

Charles, Prince of Wales, an advocate of organic farming methods

Located in Tetbury, the Home Farm sells fruit and vegetables grown at Highgrove House, Prince Charles's Gloucestershire home. The estate uses sustainable farming practices and is run by a farm manager David Wilson with a supporting staff.[1]

Prince Charles converted the 900 acres (360 ha) Home Farm estate to Soil Association declared that "I don't think it can be overestimated" how much that was due to the Prince's influence.[2] Clarence House states that Prince Charles has "been pioneering agriculture techniques for over 30 years and continues to do so".[3]

Home Farm is reported to use "biodynamic farming" methods. This includes planting seeds according to the lunar cycle and using homoeopathic potions on the leaves of plants.[3] The roof of the dairy was fitted with over 400 solar panels in 2011. They cover an area of around 691 square metres and are estimated to generate 86,000 kWh per annum.[4]

The farm epitomises Prince Charles's belief of working with organic methods:

"In farming, as in gardening, I happen to believe that if you treat the land with love and respect (in particular, respect for the idea that it has an almost living soul, bound up in the mysterious, everlasting cycles of nature) then it will repay you in kind."
— Charles, Prince of Wales, [2]

Farming and sales

Ingredients grown at the Home Farm are used in Duchy Originals products. This ranges from milk and pork to barley and grain.[5] The farm supplies carrots and potatoes to restaurants, supermarkets, and local schools as a wholesaler.[6]

In 1998 they began operating a vegetable box scheme for homes within a 15-mile radius of Tetbury. By 2010 they were selling over 250 boxes every week with an 8 acres (3.2 ha) section of the farm dedicated to the scheme. The growing demand for the boxes and requests from customers to choose their own produce led to the creation of The Veg Shed.[1]

The Veg Shed operated every Wednesday in a converted barn.[1] It closed in May 2013 after eight years of trading because it was no longer making a profit; in 2014 the area given over for vegetable production was being grazed by rare breed pigs.[6][7] The shop was known for its "evocative potting-shed smell"[1] and for selling unusually shaped vegetables that would normally be rejected for sale in supermarkets.[6] While most of the Veg Shed produce came from the Home Farm there were other items for sale from further away, including lemons and bananas.[1]

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