Paul and Ruth Kimber have been farming since 1973, carrying on the family tradition at Charlton Musgrove in the lush pastures of the Blackmore Vale under the shadow of Alfred's Tower, where the Kimber's have farmed for 300 years.
Our children take a practical interest in the farm. Tom, who has a degree in Agriculture from Reading, and Danj, our son-in-law, work full time on the farm. Our daughters, Naomi, Bex, Jess, Hannah & Frances, together with our daughter-in-law Jennifer, also help out from time to time on the farm in the shop and at Farmers Markets.
Having a mixed stock farm we have become experts in animal husbandry, welfare being our top priority. Quality is maintained by using wholesome animal feed including home grown wheat, maize/grass silage and meadow hay - all used during the winter months. The cattle graze in the summer with special formulated rations for finishing, without the use of growth promoters. The same policy is used for all other livestock.
We are responsible traditional farmers, using fertilisers and herbicides only according to need. Our animals are treated when necessary. We enjoy the services of expert agronomists, veterinarians, and feed specialists. Our farm is independently inspected.
You'll often find us at local farmers' markets. Please see below for where you can find us:
1st Saturday @ Town Hall, Shaftesbury: 9am - 1pm
2nd Saturday @ Cheese & Grain, Frome: 9am - 1pm
Every Saturday @ Green Park Station, Bath: 8:30am - 1:30pm
The Kitchen @ Kimbers
Funding was granted by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development for the extension of our existing Farm Shop into a bistro style restaurant, championing local and sustainable produce. The funding enabled us to build a space which is interesting and has been well received; funding also contributed to some of the equipment. It already is being used as a meeting place in the community with groups such as the church alpha group, the Living at Home group and the WI using it for meetings.