Whitmuir Farm is 140 acres, with around 25% in woodland, hedges and shelter belts. This is traditionally sheep and beef country, but we also keep chickens for eggs and meat, turkeys for Christmas, and pigs for pork and bacon. As well as livestock, we grow a wide range of vegetables and soft fruit, plus a small quantity of wheat for baking. Being up around 900 ft on a north-facing slope, we are limited by the short growing season but we extend this a little with polytunnels and by creating sheltered growing areas.
Whitmuir is owned by Heather Anderson and Pete Ritchie. The farm itself has been here for at least 300 years, with avenues of beech trees established in the 18th century. The ground has been farmed organically for most of it’s lifetime, returning to full organic production 10 years ago.
We are planning to be the first community owned farm in Scotland and develop a living learning site on sustainable food here – to find out more and buy a share in the farm please visit Whitmuir Community Farm.