A farmer who is Dartmoor born and bred but enjoys just a touch of the wild west! Born and raised on the fringes of northern Dartmoor, it is plain that the moors are embedded deep within farmer Phil Heard’s soul. It may sound poetic and whimsical but more

6 Mar 2018 12:53 Local People

It’s great news! Stuart Luxton celebrates a wonderful start to the year more

6 Mar 2018 11:10 Farming News

Helping farmers to help themselves, providing guidance, advice, collaborative activities, communication and funding. Dartmoor Hill Farm Project was originally set up in 2003 following a survey commissioned by Dartmoor National Park Authority and the more

6 Mar 2018 11:04 Community News

When you see farmers at work, you usually expect to see them in wellies, flat cap, overalls or waterproofs covered in a light splattering of soil and cow muck. They might have a stick, be on a quadbike, horse, landrover or tractor, but more often tha more

13 Feb 2018 13:18 Farming News

An interesting workshop on cattle handling is being jointly hosted by the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The event on 14 February is being led by national expert Miriam Parker who specialises in ani more

6 Feb 2018 10:58 Community News

A unique opportunity is being offered to ‘meet the funders’ on Thursday 15 February (7-9.30 pm) at the Two Bridges Hotel, near Princetown. The evening, organised by the Dartmoor Hill Farm Project, will bring together a range of bodies that provide ad more

6 Feb 2018 10:10 Community News

The dark days of winter are often considered a time to batten down the hatches, light the fire and hibernate until spring! However despite the temptation there is much to be gained by embracing new experiences associated with the great outdoors. The more

16 Jan 2018 13:12 Community News

Mat Cole faces similar challenges to many businesses but keeping cows and sheep on Dartmoor creates some of its own… There is always a perceived wisdom that ‘us straw-chewing, cheese-rolling farmers’ have life pretty good; we work hard but we spend o more

5 Dec 2017 13:35 Farming News

An Okehampton girl through and through, Katie works on the family farm near Meldon with her parents, Martin and Sarah. Now aged 25, she wasn’t sure about taking the university route when she left Okehampton College and with Mum and Dad’s encouragemen more

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Alison lives in the heart of West Devon, the family farm forming part of the parish boundary between Sampford Courtenay and Exbourne. It’s a unique environment, an ancient quarry within the boundary even qualifying as a Site of Scientific Interest ( more

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Stuart Luxton explains how some major financial outlay does pay extra dividends… Hello again everyone. As I write the weather seems to be playing up – just warm and pleasant but with little sun. It could be worse but conversely could be much better. more

31 Oct 2017 11:27 Farming News


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With both boys now at school, my wife Gem has more available time to help with farm business and although working with your wife may have its moments, it will be great to spend more time with her and allow her to really engage with the business. I ha more

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This autumn has seen the start of something new – an exciting program of education and adventure for local residents in and around Okehampton. The Harvest Workers’ Co-op is a newly established co-operative and social enterprise that operates Harvest more

Community News

A group of growers and food educators local to Okehampton are asking for pledges to help transform their shop and benefit the community. Harvest Farm Shop in Okehampton’s Red Lion Yard, which has been run by local organic growers Martin and Sara fo more

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I wrote last time about our looming TB test due in February/March and the optimistic thought that maybe we would go clear for another year. Sadly we didn’t even get to the test. One of our cattle, whilst being inspected by a vet post mortem in an aba more

Farming News

As this is the first time I have done this I thought I would introduce myself and our farm: I am Stuart Luxton and farm on the outskirts of Okehampton, with my parents, Dudley and Frances. We run one of the South West’s largest pedigree herds of... more

23 Nov 2016 13:16 Farming News

The cheque presentation from the proceeds this year's Lamerton Tractor Day and Country Fair was held at the Copper Penny on Saturday 12th. Many of the volunteers who help make this charity fund raising event possible joined us along with... more

Community News

A young farmer in every way Many of you may know Sally Blowey or certainly one or more members of her extended family who have lived and farmed in this part of Devon for more generations than Sally can actually remember! And for someone who has on more

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Theo Moye

Bridget Cole is a non-stop, full on powerhouse. The matriarch of a farming dynasty, who has worked tirelessly to promote farming in Devon. Born at Ashbury near Northlew, Okehampton into a beef and sheep lowland farming family it was expected... more

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