Roddy farms at Bickham Farm in the village of Kenn, situated south of Exeter and between the Dartmoor National Park and the Exe Estuary.
He was a new entrant into farming, having spent his childhood dreaming of owning and running his own holding, many of the skills he uses now were learnt as a school boy. He is passionate about agriculture its connection to the soil and of course what he produces, food which is safe tasty and organic. He believes strongly that his holding now organic for over 20 years is contributing tremendously towards the environment and wildlife and biodiversity of the area in which he farms .
Initially Roddy was growing produce for, and running his own local organic box scheme as well as building the hugely successful organic soup business, Rod & Bens, Roddy now grows a range of vegetables for Langridge, as well as for some local customers.
“Roddy believes strongly that his holding now organic for over 21 years is contributing tremendously towards environment and wildlife and biodiversity.”
The Farm is involved in the countryside stewardship scheme, a government scheme which gives payment to allow the areas of the farm to be left for wildlife to flourish. Enterprises on the farm include vegetable production, livestock, a pedigree herd of Hereford cattle, Turkeys, geese and a holiday cottage. There is also a very beautify traditional barn that is used for parties, from soup tasting to Weddings & special birthdays. (Available to hire contact Roddy for more details bickhambarn.co.uk)
Roddy’s main crops are spinach, chards, (of various colours) and kales including curly green and red, black kale. Using the polytunnels he has Roddy is able to start his season long before most other growers so is often our first supplier on new season greens. He also grows tomatoes and broad beans.