Askerton Castle Estate is a 1458 acre organic livestock farm situated a few miles north of Hadrian’s Wall in Cumbria. The farm has been certified fully organic since September 2004 and is run by Jane Eden and Chris Evans. The couple are new to farming having started in 2002, but from the onset, concerns over animal welfare, the routine use of medicine, biodiversity and conservation, made the decision to farm organically a logical one.
The choice of traditional and rare breed livestock (Belted Galloway cattle, Blackface sheep, Tamworth pigs) complement the landscape and are perfectly suited to turning rough hill pasture into the finest quality meat.
The pigs and the poultry are reared closer to the farmstead where they enjoy a relaxed stress free existence.
Askerton Castle Estate has a comprehensive stewardship agreement with Natural England to protect and manage the farm in a manner that encourages the development of local fauna and flora. There are a number of designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest covering the Mollen which are areas of ancient woodland, and through which the clear water tributaries of the River Cam Beck run.