May 26, 2020

As new entrant farmers, we’ve been on a steep learning curve over the past two and a half years. For all the reading you can do on the most forward thinking ways of managing livestock, it’s practical experience that forces you to learn how to actually look after an animal. We by no means know it all but we’ve now grown the sheep flock to a scale we will be able to see if some of the bigger ideas we’re exploring here are having an impact. We brought in the c...

March 23, 2020

The covid-19 virus is already leaving empty shelves in supermarkets. As things progress we as a society must collectively look to manage food supplies so as to not exacerbate problems here and abroad. This was a topic discussed in farming circles as a result of the developing brexit situation before the virus came into awareness. Tackling the environmental crisis through farming practices, the reason Three Pools was founded, was already looking to change th...

December 19, 2019

An issue of great importance to us at the farm is the relationship between food and individual health. Of particular interest is the discussion around wheat, bread and gluten. There is increasing evidence to suggest that the prevalence of gluten intolerance is actually more of a chemical intolerance issue. Herbicide is sprayed on wheat crops to reduce weed competition, pesticide is sprayed to reduce pests, then more herbicide is sprayed to make it easier to...

December 6, 2019

We recently travelled westwards to attend the inaugural Wales Real Food & Farming Conference in Aberystwyth. The conference was born out of the Oxford Real Farming Conference, itself a product of the Campaign for Real Farming and the Slow Food Movement. It was a gathering of innovators and forward thinking players from the organic and sustainable farming movement, so we were excited to be representing Three Pools at such an occasion. The focus of discussion...

October 22, 2019

Why cows?

Cows have taken a lot of stick in the press lately for their contribution to climate change. In reality, things aren’t that simple.

Cows emit methane, yes. They also do an incredible job of cycling nutrients within grassland systems. In fact if managed properly they greatly increase the health of the soil and the grass; while increasing carbon sequestration into the soil. The methane problem is much more significant if cows aren’t fed grass. We are...

January 14, 2019

Following a Welsh Perry & Cider Society project to find heritage fruit trees in Wales we have had two species of perry pear confirmed as genetically unique to our farm.

One of these trees is an heirloom, rather than graft, meaning it grew from seed. This tree has been confirmed as the second girthiest pear tree in Britain!

Grafts were taken from these trees and we have now planted 25 saplings across the farm. More saplings have been sent to university museum...

May 1, 2018

As new entrants to farming we have been learning from our guru, Peter. A man with over 65 years experience in raising livestock. As a breed our welsh mountain, badger-face sheep are good mothers and tend to have few difficulties birthing. Still, it’s not an activity to take on with no first hand experience. It’s been a very different learning curve to university studies and we now have 35 healthy lambs.

The key points we’ve taken from it are:


February 5, 2018

 National Resources Wales have come and installed 400m of fencing for us. We asked them to leave a wide buffer zone between the field and the stream to maximise biodiversity and environmental benefits. By separating a significant area it allows us space to plant a coppice system of hazel, alder, willow, oak and ash to provide us with fuel, materials and feed for livestock. 

November 8, 2017

We've been accepted as a global partner of Regeneration International! Our objective is to show that the agricultural industry can go further than reducing pollution and negative impacts. Farming can have a positive impact on the world, we want to have a footprint. Regenerative farming techniques will store carbon in the soil, protect biodiversity and water and provide various other ecosystem services. 

Applying permaculture design to farming systems is...

October 23, 2017

We have introduced our rams to the flock. By introducing them now we hope we will be lambing mid-late march. Lambing at this time we hope to be past the worst of the winter weather, but early enough that the lambs will ween to get early season grass growth which is more nutritious. This way we won't have to supplement their feed later in the year - keeping the farm system a closed loop. 

As our flock is small we separated the ewes with the best pu...

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