Our Home Farm is a small organic, horticultural farm of 14 acres situated in the Stour Valley at Crundale, Kent between Ashford and Canterbury. Our fields slope up towards the North Downs, giving us light, chalky soil. This free draining soil, blessed by the warmer climate of the Southeast, produces vegetables of great taste and quality. As well as our Home Farm, we also rent a Victorian Walled Garden at Olantigh near Wye and fields covering 100 acres below Wye Crown (formerley part of the Wye College Farm).
Ripple Farm has been certified Organic since 1989 and is certified organic by the Soil Association. The farm itself is essentially a market garden producing a wide range of vegetables, salad crops, herbs and some soft fruit. With this produce, Ripple Farm Organics runs an East Kent vegetable box scheme; sells at Wye and Whitstable Farmers' Markets in Kent, and Stoke Newington Farmers' Market in London; and supplies specialist organic/wholefood shops, Growing Communities and other box schemes and home deliveries in London as well as shops, cafes and pubs in Kent.
- Sustainable growing methods in harmony with nature
- Producing fresh, nutritious food
- Providing a direct link from consumers to Farmers
- Reducing food miles; re-using and reducing packaging
- Providing sustainable, local employment
Ripple Farmers - The farm is run by Martin and Sarah Mackey. Martin has an academic qualification in Sustainable Agriculture, and many years of practical experience in organic growing, whilst Sarah discovered her interest in organic vegetable growing whilst 'WWOOF'ing around Europe. There are between 10 and 15 other employees working at the farm through the year.