Sapling Home Farm is a new venture, developed in 2011 by myself, Ben Wharfe, and is home to me, my wife Maxine and our three children Lydia, James and Harrison. It is situated in the village of Lower Peover, just outside Knutsford.
Our aim is simple; to establish a future for the family farm by producing quality food that can be enjoyed by the local community. Fresh. Local. Loved.
Having grown up on a farm, and been very hands on throughout my childhood and younger years, I have always had a strong desire to continue to work within farming. I believe there is an increasing need for younger people to work in the British farming industry to ensure food security within the United Kingdom.
On completion of my BSc (Hons) in Rural land management at Harper Adams University, I worked in Kent for Cluttons and qualified as a rural practice Chartered Surveyor. I then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioned into the Black Watch as an Infantry Platoon Commander. In 2009, having married and had our first child we decided it was time to return home and develop our dream of having our own business, and raising our family in a farm environment. With a few years of research, planning and development we moved in to Sapling Home Farm in July 2011, with business commencing from September the same year.
Our farming philosophy
Sapling Home Farm is based on an ethos of sustainable mixed farming implemented by my father 40 years ago long before the word sustainable became fashionable. The concept is that a balanced mix of cereal and grassland based enterprises provide mutual benefit. Each enterprises integrates and supports the other therefore placing less reliance on artificial inputs and mechanical intervention. Thus providing an economically, financially and environmentally sustainable farm business.