Clinks Farm is a 143 acre Norfolk County Farm in Toft Monks, South Norfolk. The farm sits on the border of Suffolk and Norfolk, not far from Beccles.Clinks Care Farm was started in the spring of 2010 to develop a traditional farm into a viable business by offering placements for disadvantaged people on the farm and producing food for the local market as well as farming the land traditionally with a 3 crop rotation.
We keep a good variety and number of farm animals, which enable our farm helpers to learn animal husbandry skills. Most of our animals produce food, such as eggs, pork and lamb, for the local market. Our pigs, which are a cross bred Saddleback, Hampshire and Large Black live in large outdoor pens.
We also keep sheep which are a cross bred Jacob and Southdown. Hector our ram is put with our ewes every autumn. This means we are usually very busy at lambing time and have many new arrivals. Our Goldline chickens are excellent layers and the eggs are popular with customers. Clinks Care farm have geese and ducks keeping us all entertained. We often have around a dozen calves overwintering in our barn too.
We adopt a holistic approach to manage our challenging clay soil, working with nature to build soil fertility by adding organic matter (muck), rotating crops, using green manures and minimising artificial inputs. Crops are grown in poly-tunnels, raised beds and various areas of market garden space. Production is focused to supply our vegetable box scheme from June to December.
Clinks Care Farm entered a 10 year Natural England agreement in 2011 developing and managing ELS and HLS options on the farm. Volunteers and farm helpers from Clinks Care Farm and children from Glebeland Primary School in Toft Monks helped with creating a new orchard by planting 115 fruit trees and two new woodlands by planting 1,600 native woodland trees and 2,000 hedging plants. We also regenerated 3 farm ponds and constructed nearly 2,000 meters of stock fencing. Field margins were created around our arable fields, all with the aim to create new wildlife habitats for all the farm creatures including insects, birds and hares.