Headed by Andrew Williams, the farm manager, Jason Smith, technical manager and Gavin Prentice, field manager, the farm employs 40 full-time staff as well as additional seasonal workers. With its office in the centre of the village of Nacton, and a popular trailer selling produce locally, the farm is at the heart of the local community.
Home Farm Nacton comprises 2,900 acres of high quality agricultural land on the historic Orwell Park Estate, on the north bank of Suffolk’s Orwell estuary.
“Home Farm Nacton comprises 2,900 acres of high quality agricultural land on the historic Orwell Park Estate, on the north bank of Suffolk’s Orwell estuary.”
The farm is a patchwork of woodland, heath, grass and arable land, they currently are working on 350 acres under Soil Association organic certification.
Like much of the Suffolk coastal strip, the land is extremely sandy. This light soil is easily worked and perfectly suited for production of many vegetables, including asparagus, fennel and root crops such as beetroot, swede and carrot. The farm also grows Leeks, Onions, and a wide range of Brassicas, from long-standing British favourites like Brussels Sprouts, traditional Cauliflower and Savoy Cabbage to the less well-known Green and Black Kale, Romanesco Cauliflower and Cavolo Nero.