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Cottage Farm at The Royal Agricultural College

I have recently been invited to speak at a conference entitled
"Transition towns need Transition farms", Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, where my presentation was very well received.

The 30-45 minute talk describes our journey from complete non-farmers to our current status, which I characterise as 'Transition Farming': organic farm, native breeds, selling produce locally, use of fossil fuels almost completely eliminated, engaged in the Transition process in our locality, including running this Transition information exchange website.

We are a Cornwall based family run small organic farm selling fresh meat boxes and other farm products. We pride ourselves on the very highest levels of customer service and care and will always do anything we can to help you.

We bought Cottage Farm back in 2005 and completed conversion to organic status in July 2009. We established a herd of native rare breed Red Ruby cattle and a herd of rare breed Wiltshire Horn sheep and now we supply our neighbours and eBay customers with fresh beef and lamb boxes.

We also stopped cutting hedges to encourage trees to grow to supplement our little wood and replanted an old orchard with old Cornish varieties of apple, pear, cherry and plum, as well as establishing a soft fruit garden. And we grow own veg, as well as keeping chickens for eggs and geese for special occasions and we're starting to experiment with Permaculture.

At the same time we have almost completed conversion of our house and farm to renewable energy and near zero carbon footprint with insulation, draft proofing, light bulbs, appliances, etc, and switching to a wood burner for space heating and wood burning Rayburn for cooking (and heating). We also installed a heat store, which is powered by 40 solar tubes, a wood burner and an immersion heater to provide hot water and we can also use the existing central heating circuit to distribute the heat from the heat store around the house. The immersion heater and an electric storage heater will run off our wind turbine whenever it is producing more power than our house requires. The turbine will be grid connected, but we also have the battery bank/ controllers/ inverter necessary to switch over to off grid as and when major power cuts become commonplace.

As a result we have been accepted as a 'Superhome' by the Sustainable Energy Academy, the first such home in Cornwall and only the second in the whole of South West: http://www.sustainable-energyacademy.org.uk/superhomes/cottage-farm-jaco....

Further more, we also use bore hole water providing all the water for us and all those thirsty cows, as well and planting 100+ trees annually to have something to burn in future years.

We even produce our own 100% bio-diesel from waste vegetable oil, which we use to run our car, our Landrover and the farm tractor, and to deliver our meat boxes, which means that our deliveries and all our driving is almost completely CO2 free.

To help spread the message, I am also a founding member of Transition Cornwall Network and Transition North Cornwall, for which I administer this website, packed with well over a thousand items helpful in converting to a sustainable lifestyle and to maximising local resilience.

The presentation draws all these and other points together, illustrates why and how we did what we did and discusses general applicability to other homes and farms.

I would be happy to give the same or tailored version of the presentation at any other suitable event.

Feel free to contribute to the website and ask any questions you may have.

Best wishes

Paul
Paul Sousek, Cottage Farm, Jacobstow, Cornwall