‘What you’re doing at Black Grove Farm is profoundly inspirational, a real, practical beacon. Your success in attracting people to your vision is well deserved and I’m glad that your commitment to living, working and bringing up your family in deeply sustainable ways is starting to bear fruit. Building a community of people who want to grow and eat healthy food, care more for animals and plants, and live closer to nature is an important way for us all to learn how to lighten the human footprint on Earth.
Sandra White, Hertford
‘A visit to Blackgrove Farm and its owners, Rosie, Jon and their two children, is a step into another world – away from the hustle, bustle and stresses of the world outside the farm. On the one hand they are experiencing challenges that few of us could cope with but outweighing all that they have the enormous privilege of living alongside nature and all the wonders it brings. Imagine waking up to birdsong and the smell of wood and earth. It is something I personally hanker after, so I am more than happy to help out on their Volunteer days to enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside others to achieve the aim for the day. Rosie and Jon work hard to make sure that everyone enjoys the day and we enjoy the homemade cake and tea provided. It is a real family day out with something for everyone to be able to take part in and hopefully take away some knowledge of what is entailed in running an organic, sustainable farm using traditional farming methods. It is also a wonderful opportunity to see farm animals up close and to pick edible berries. I am looking forward to seeing how the farm grows and develops and hope to be part of the positive impact the farm will have locally. Rosie and Jon have put in a lot of time researching how to make this a successful venture and although it is not all plain sailing, I wish them all the luck in the world and that their efforts will pay off and we will all be better off for it.’
Madela, Buntingford, Herts.
‘Black grove farm is a great place for all the family, we helped out at a volunteer day and our daughter has attended the forest school.
At the volunteer day we helped with the mulching and even had a go at scything! it was hard work but really satisfying working outside in the fresh air doing something worthwhile, meetings lots of interesting people and generally feeling that this is what life is all about!
At the forest school, the kids picked blackberries and vegetables, played in the woods, made fairy wands, played on the haystacks and just enjoyed being in nature.
We are all looking forward to spending more time at the farm this year and meeting the sheep & goats!
Friendly, welcoming family with aspirations that can benefit the local community.
Would highly recommend the open days where you can learn how the project is run and developing. You get the opportunity to help out too which is very enjoyable and makes you realise how much hard work goes into making this project work.