Horsell’s Farm Enterprises was established in 1999 by us, Sophie and Roger Scruton. We were keen to play our part in reviving the rural economy. We had acquired a run-down sheep-farm, and a few unprofitable animals, and were acutely aware of the need to bring urban income into the rural landscape if our countryside is to survive. Horsell’s Farm Enterprises was designed to supply this need. The small farms round about us were struggling in the business of turning grass into meat and milk. The solution, we saw, was to turn grass into ideas, which could be sold down the internet into the urban market, so bringing profit to the farm.
How do you turn grass into ideas? There are several methods. First you can write about it, and about the human fauna that hide in grass. Roger has followed this line, with regular columns about the countryside and life on the farm for various publications, including The Financial Times, Country Life and The Spectator. He has also written two widely acclaimed books on living with grass, On Hunting, 1998, and News from Somewhere, 2003. He is always looking for outlets for this work, and is currently working on a sequel to those books, dealing with the mysteries of the equestrian cult in Britain.
Sophie is director of Athelstan Farm Foods, a branch of Horsells Farm Enterprises. She supplies pubs, hotels and farm shops in the Wiltshire and Gloucestershire counties with cheese and other dairy products made by our local dairy farmers. This again, a small contribution, but an indispensable link, to supporting the local rural economy.
In June we joined thousands of other farms nation wide with the 'Linking Environment and Farming' (LEAF) Open Farm Sunday event. We had over 50 local visitors whom all enjoyed seeing our Hereford heifers and a guided walk with Sophie taking in the conservation techniques and low intensity farming methods that we adhear to. See more details on our Farming Subcategory.
In recognising the need to diversify in order to keep our farm going, we are able to offer additional services at Sunday Hill Farm. If you are interested in any of the below, please do get in touch.
- Secure storage/workshop space
- Hay and Haylage
- Equestrian livery
- Local food sourcing consultancy
- Farm visits and countryside restoration talks
- Summer Schools and study groups
- Talks and Cheese tasting events
- Cheese and Beef to order