Keveral Farm – spending a few days in an organic farming community

by Tracy Stokes on September 10, 2007

in EcoKids, EcoReview, Responsible Travel

keveraltipi.jpgOne of the stops on our recent family summer trip was Keveral Farm. It’s situated 5 miles east of the town of Looe in Cornwall, England, and just a 15 minute walk from the seaside village of Seaton. We stayed in one of Matt’s tipi’s, nestled in the woodland on the farm. From the tipi, looking around, there wasn’t anything man-made in sight, you couldn’t hear any traffic, the only sounds were those of children playing in the orchard camp site further up the footpath.

We stayed in the larger of Matt’s two tipi’s, and the one that was situated out of the farm’s camp site. In the camp site was another slightly smaller tipi, and a yurt belonging to another resident of the farm called Oak, who makes and sells cider by arrangement. The orchard camp site has a composting toilet and a solar powered shower, a geodesic dome climbing frame for the children, a large camp fire area, and taps with drinking water. The yurt and tipi are available to hire, and a small number of pitches are available if you want to bring your own tent. The site is car-free, making it perfect for children to run around with relative freedom. This does involve bringing your car to a point a few hundred metres from the campsite, offloading into wheelbarrows and making your way down a gentle slope to the camp site.

The prices for yurt and tipi hire are very reasonable, and an alternative to a paid visit is a working visit or WWOOFing, where in exchange for 6-7 hours work per day on the farm you are fed and given accommodation usually in a small caravan.

Keveral Farm is an organic farming community established in 1973 whose farm-based activities include horticulture, a veg box scheme, the camp site, orchards, apple juice and cider production, preserves, woodland and tree work, joinery, mushrooms and herbal medicine.

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Anna Hackman September 10, 2007 at 7:45 pm

Tracy-what did your kids think of the experience? Sounds like an amazing place. Was this the first time you went there? anna http://www.green-talk.com

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Tracy September 12, 2007 at 8:28 am

Hi Anna, the kids loved it. So much space to roam and play. Yes, it was our first time there, and we enjoyed it so much we’re thinking about booking again for next year.
Take care,
Tracy

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