A Working Farm
Hall Farm Eastoft has been farmed by the Coulman family for some 150 years or more and over time the land has produced a wide range of arable crops and been home to cattle, pigs, chickens and more recently alpacas. Extending to around 235 hectares (575 acres) of land the farm grow wheat, oilseed rape, sugar beet, potatoes and grass, as well as maintaining an extensive environmental scheme to enhance the natural habitat.
It is important to us to farm to the highest environmental, sustainable and welfare standards which means we subscribe to a range of key industry standards and generate much of our energy and resources from sustainable sources. As members of Red Tractor Assurance schemes for both crop production and our pig production, as well as Freedom Food, British Quality Pork and Global Animal Partnership schemes for our pigs, we ensure that all our produce meets high production standards and enters the food chain.
We generate all our power from our Solar PV system, powering lights, feed systems, grain driers and our vehicles and use a Biomass boiler to provide heat. In addition, around 90% of our water use is either borehole sourced or from rainwater harvesting ensuring we minimise our use of mains, treated water and rely on naturally produced water.
The farm has hosted educational visits for many years, supported by Natural England’s environmental schemes, and has developed this educational support since 2017 into a social farm engaging with young people and adults, empowering them to develop skills to enrich their learning, wellbeing and social life.
With our focus on sustainable, environmentally friendly farming coupled with our increasing community of social farmers, here at Hall Farm Eastoft we aim to provide a community farming operation benefiting the environment and the local community.
Mark’s family has farmed here for over 150 years, and the business has been passed down through generations.
Day to day he runs the farm and the social farm operations, taking care of the pigs and arable crops on a daily basis. When he gets a break from mucking out pigs, he works with our social farmers to teach hands on skills in a real work place, and producing food for the UK.
Delivery and Partnerships Coordinator
Caitlin has been working at the farm since the social farm first began. She runs Farm Club, hosts school visits and alternative provision, works with our social farmers, and co-ordinates activities throughout the week.
Caitlin works mostly with the alpacas and in the kitchen garden- if she’s not outside growing food, she’ll probably be cooking and eating it. If you’d like to discuss which of our services are suitable for you, get in touch!