We are small working farm in North Argyll (near Oban) on the West coast of Scotland transforming our land creating Living Larders, a legacy for the future, using permaculture ideas
The aim is to create
- – food for pollinators and predators, insects and birds, mammals and invertebrates all.
- – food for our sheep which is far more nutritious than old rough grazing.
- – food for us .. fruit and nuts, herbs and more
- – food for our stoves as we coppice the timber in the coming years
- – habitat for all sorts of wildlife
- – shelter for the sheep and poultry
- – food for the EYES as it will look amazing
- – food for the soul as they will be such wonderful places to be in
- – food for the future as a legacy for generations who follow our footsteps at Kintaline
- – opportunities for us and future custodians of this land to make, earn, and sustain themselves with crops of food, timber materials, craft work, for themselves and surplus to sell.
We are exploring new ways of producing food and fuel for our sustainability; along side developing the diversity of habitats for the ecology of our farm. All the work done now will create a legacy to last generations. Hosting workshops, courses and talks in the coming years will help us all learn together, and help support our progress.
We breed Jacob sheep for fleece and meat; alongside our own flock of Black Rock hens, turkeys, muscovy ducks, guinea fowl, quail.
Our Jacob sheep are just beautiful and productive members of our livestock family. We have been breeding for meat and fleeces for several decades; in recent years we have begun to sell mill spun yarn, roving and batts, processed by the lovely small mill in Derbyshire. When Jill gets the chance to spin herself, there are hanks of hand spun yarn available, unless it has already been hand woven. The meat from our lambs and hoggets is delicious, frozen meat is available from the farm here periodically through the year, and also from the Oban Food Hub. If we get the timing right, we sometimes have sheepskin rugs for sale.
We have a number of ways of earning the pennies to help us continue to look after our lovely farm – as well as other activities that do not earn us anything, we enjoy sharing our interests or skills.
Our Feedstore supplies horse, poultry, smallholder, pet and wild bird feeds for local collection. We also supply bags of peat and Hotmax to keep you warm. Rockdust is the perfect way to feed your soils.
Black Rock hens have been part of our lives for over 25 years; our laying flock is much reduced in numbers these days, but still have delicious Free Range Eggs for Sale daily, along with our other scrummy Farm Gate Sales.
A Food Hub has started up in Oban this year, and we are proud to be one of the regular producers. Check out the website and buy local.
If you are wanting Black Rock pullets, we are an agent for Muirfield Hatchery, and raise our birds free range for even better health & vigour. These days our batches are small, but can also include Brown & Grey Rocks, as well as a great old line of pure Light Sussex. Seasonally we may also have turkeys for rearing for Christmas.
To house your birds, we have been selling our range of hen and duck houses for more than 2 decades : chosen for their great designs for the welfare of the birds, as well as practicality for you. They are all made in the UK; usually to order, and delivered right around the country. These are not cheap flimsy imports, but an affordable long lasting investment for your birds for many many years to come. You are very welcome to call to ask about which design is best for you; we have been helping gardeners and smallholders fit birds into their lives for a long time; and are happy to advise to make your future feathered friends have the best life they can with you.
As we transition the farm to the permaculture processes and production, we are keen to learn more; so will be hosting courses here open to others : Herb, Seaweed and Forage walks; Introductions to Permaculture / to Forest Gardening / to Lasagne beds / Permaculture Design; Fibre crafts. We are also delighted to welcome Erica Donnison, Alexander Technique, Tellington TTouch Training and Pose Running teacher who visits several times a year to teach.
Kintaline Farm is host of the Ardchattan Parish Archive; which is open for visits, just get in touch. It is full of books, records, maps, images, with lots yet to explore and learn. You can also join in with the archive on facebook.