Kate & Andy's Microholding
Aiming towards self sufficiency and sustainable living in a suburban terraced cottage with 125m² garden using permaculture principles and design.
Starting in May 2007 with a blank canvas we have gradually set up and expanded our organic home food production to become about 75% self sufficient in fruit and vegetables and 100% self sufficient in eggs.
We have a small steeply sloping back garden of about 25m² where we have made terraces to grow fruit and veg and a long front garden of about 100m² where we grow in raised beds, a greenhouse and on a roof. We also keep ex battery chickens for eggs and some quail, whose excess eggs we exchange for food we can’t grow ourselves at the local veg shop. We also occasionally rear quail to eat.
All the structures in our garden are made from either reclaimed materials or sustainably managed sweet chestnut wood from the 20 acre coppice woodland that we manage for a friend.
We have just taken on a further 25m² of growing space a short walk away on part of a neighbour’s allotment where we can grow crops that take up more room.
In November 2010 we won Smallholder of the Year award run by country smallholding magazine for our innovative design features, sustainable living and efficient food production in a small space.
We are WWOOF hosts and take volunteers to help us who we can educate in return.