Sustainability

Jamie's Farm tries to minimise its impact on the environment in a number of ways; through how we use energy, the food we eat, what we buy, and how we use other natural resources. This not only saves money but helps to give the people who visit an understanding of the importance of respecting the world around us.

Energy

Hill House Farm has three renewable energy systems which provide us with clean and green heat and electricity. These include

  • An 18kWp solar PV system that generates as much electricity as we use throughout the year
  • A 22kW solar thermal system that generates hot water for showers
  • A 60kW biomass boiler that provides our space heating and hot water during colder months. It also keeps us busy chopping logs to feed it!

Hill House Farm is now a net zero importer of energy and plans are underway to achieve the same at Lower Wernddu.

Food

Lots of the fruit and vegetables we eat are grown onsite in our organic garden (we fertilise using our own muck and comfrey tea) which helps the children to understand about seasonal food. Most of our meat comes from our own animals (pigs, lambs and cows) and we sometimes make our own sausages, bacon and cured hams. When not available from our own farm we buy in seasonal and local food wherever possible.

Jamie's Farm also buys fairtrade tea and coffee. Nothing goes to waste at the farm and in addition to general recycling, we use our food scraps, cardboard and paper for making compost which then helps us to grow more delicious food!

Water

Hill House Farm has a series of rainwater harvesting systems which collect rainwater off the animal sheds and the outdoor kitchen. Toilets and bathrooms are all fitted with low flow water saving devices helping us to reduce the cost of our consumption as well as saving water and energy.