Les Fauiconnaires Farm

Jim and Liz Naftel

The Naftels' farm, a quaint 17th Century Guernsey granite farm house holds strong heritage, having been in the family for three generations. Both Jim and his wife, Liz are third generation family farmers. They met at a Young Farmers event in their youth and have ben inseparable ever since with two teenage children.

They are proud to be the island's only organic farm and supply the Dairy with 1,000 litres of organic milk each week, which they say only happens if the cows are happy.

For Jim and Liz, like all our farmers, this is their priroity, having named everyone one of their 40 strong herd of 'Guernseys'. 

"We play gentle music through the milking parlour for our cows. You can tell they like the song when their tails wag to the beat."

"Animal care is our ultimate priority. Organic cows must have access to fields, weather permitting of course. They must also be truly free range and also have plenty of space to prevent stress and keep them healthy" said Jim.

To achieve and sustain their organic status, both the farm and the Diary itself must adhere to The Soil Association standards. This means the cows are fed a wholesome diet free from artificial additives, chemicals and genetically modified ingredients, and the farm doesn't use antibiotics on cows providing milk or unnatural pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides on the land.

All of our Guernsey farmers have this similar ethos, but organic farming is enforced by strict rules ensuring that every part of the Naftel's farm deserves the high organic standard it achieves. 

Being a certified organic farm puts a lot of weight on good animal welfare and environmentally sustainable land management. Liz, who is also Chair of Guernsey Royal Agricultural Society Show says this is made possible by their landlords of the 240 vergees that the farm rents.

"Our organic status means we have to really look after the soil in our fields. We do this by restricting artificial chemicals and adding nutrients through composted farm manure and green waste. We also rotate our crops we grow as each one will take or give different nutrients from the soil which affects soil fertility.

 

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