With the world population growing by leaps and bounds, nations are shifting towards sustainable farming methods to feed a growing population. Organic farming offers an opportunity to boost food production without compromising the environment.
Organic farming refers to growing crops and raising farm animals without using chemical fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, herbicides, hormone stimulants and additives. Instead, farmers cultivate plants and rear animals in natural surroundings and natural ways using biological materials.
The world is gradually waking up to the benefits of organic farming that have been around since time immemorial.
Nafferton Farm, near Stocksfield, is the main base for Newcastle University’s Farming activities in the Tyne Valley. The home farm consists of 725 acres of land adjacent to the A69 road, some 12 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne
The farm is rented from Allendale Estates and is run as a mixed farming system. There is a herd of about 180 Friesian dairy cows which produces just over 1m litres of milk per year and around 100 beef cattle. The arable land is used to grow wheat, barley and oilseed rape, as well as vegetables and potatoes.
The farm is used by the University for research work undertaken by the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering – especially in the area of organic production and environmental studies – and as a demonstration facility for the students.