About Gullivers Farm Shop
Gullivers Farm, Shop & Kitchen part of Sturts Community Trust, regenerated the oldest building in West Moors (1789) and opened its doors in October 2015. We are a Social Enterprise consisting of our farm shop, a Market Garden, Farm & Deli Kitchen. We pride ourselves on farming responsibly and mindfully, holding ourselves accountable for our ethical and environmental standards on our Organic/Biodynamic Farm.
Over forty years ago, we began working on our farmland in a sustainable way and use biodynamic farming methods. We also offer land-based working opportunities on our farm for adults with learning difficulties here in East Dorset.
We’ve been farming Biodynamically for over 40 years, with a simple passion for real food. We wanted food from our farm to your fork which is why we opened Gullivers Farm, Shop & Kitchen in October 2015, to put good food on your table.
We have been lucky enough to win several awards with one of our latest being voted The Best Independent Retailer of the year in The Dorset Food, Drink & Farming Awards in 2019, something that makes us extremely proud.
SUSTAINABILITY AT GULLIVERS
Sustainability is now a global responsibility and it demands changes in behavior.
Biodynamic agriculture focusses on working with nature – it seeks to create a self-sustaining organism that is both organic but also resists the need to buy in products. Therefore, as far as possible, a farm would have components of livestock, meat & dairy, vegetable growing and arable feed-growing activity.
In this way the soil in constantly rejuvenated by the activity of the farm and not by bought in –organic or non-organic fertilizers.
The key process of this rejuvenating of the soil centre’s around the cows – particularly the ‘milking cows’, compost making and the sowing of nitrogen enhancing crops such as clover sown with oats. At Sturts Community Trust, our animals are fed exclusively on grass and feeds grown on our farm land.
SUSTAINABILITY AT GULLIVERS
Growing our produce and raising our animals with the greatest care and consideration, in a way that respects our environment and are the core values on which our farm was founded. What started as a small farming venture has turned into a real passion to feed the community with high quality, nutritious produce.
We source from local, artisan suppliers that are handpicked who share our commitment to sustainability and produce food of the highest quality. We are fully transparent in what we do and are very open for you to come visit our farm to see for yourself, how our animals are kept, where our vegetables are grown and how our food is produced.
Our dream team
A message from the Social Enterprise Manager, Lee Doran - I always get asked the question…What is a Social Enterprise?? There is no single legal definition of social enterprise. In simple terms, a social enterprise can be defined as a business that ploughs its profits back into a strong social or environmental mission ie - trading to create benefits for people and planet. “A social enterprise is a cause-driven business whose primary reason for being is to improve social objectives and serve the common good.” Sturts Community Trust’s Social Enterprise consists of our Farm, Market Garden, Kitchen Garden, Deli Kitchen & Gullivers Farm Shop. Meet some of team.