The Co-operative Farms
Telephone: 01945 860368
What we grow:
About the farm:
We have been farming here since 1912. As well as the above produce Coldham has bee hives and grows shallots, sugar beet, beans, wheat and rapeseed.
Coldham is the site of our windfarm, set up by the Group in 2005 in conjunction with Scottish power.
In July 2010 an artificial otter holt was built underground in the riverbank at Coldham, after evidence of otters were found. See our exclusive footage of an otter using the holt
From Farm to Fork contact information
In addition to the fantastic Farm to Fork day, children can also experience an Energy Day at our Green Schools Revolution Education centre, enabling schools to study a host of sustainability topics in one location, such as: learning about renewable and non-renewable energy; practical tasks, which might include building a wind turbine or playing ‘solar detectives’ to find the best source of light to make electricity.; and visiting the wind turbines so the children can experience for themselves how huge and impressive they are.
Name: Tom Paybody
About Tom: I joined The Co-operative farms management trainee scheme in January 2008 after studying at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and a spell working in Australia, attracted by the large-scale, commercial farming business, and the genuine commitment to training and investing in people. My initial placement was at the potato packing facility at Langley Brook; which provided an insight into the supply chain beyond the farm gate and gave me a perspective on the retail requirements of our produce.
Much of what I learnt at Langley Brook helped when I moved to Coldham Estate in the spring 2008 where I progressed through the roles of Assistant Farm Manager and Arable Manager, before taking the position of Farm Manager in July 2012. Along the way I completed BASIS, FACTS and several other practical training courses. The LDG (Leadership Development Group) and on-going CMI agronomy training have helped me continue to develop as a manager. More recently I have taken part in the NFU’s Cereals Development Programme learning about the NFU and the cereal supply chain in the UK.
A complete sports nut, I used to play a lot of rugby, and a lot of my competitive nature and enjoyment of a team environment transfers into my attitude to work. I enjoy harvest time farm the most (when the sun is shining!)… long days when we reap the rewards of a season’s hard work. I’m fortunate to live in the environment in which I work, and to be able to have a significant impact on the look of that environment is a huge responsibility that the team and I relish.
I am motivated by improvement, and, particularly with technological advances, our capabilities are constantly evolving so we can farm better, farm more accurately, farm with more sensitivity to our surroundings and achieve bigger yields at the same time. The production of quality food is something that the team here are really proud of but we are all constantly looking at what we do, why we do it and if we could do things any better.