Hugh Lowe Farms are well known locally, having produced strawberries and raspberries here for more than 120 years. We want to play an active role in the local community that we live and work in. As well as supporting local tradespeople and businesses, we like to encourage children from local schools to learn about farming.
The farm is happy to hold school visits in the summertime, to show pupils around the fields and packhouse. It’s always nice to hear questions as that shows we have interested younger generation in what we do!
Here are some of the comments from our younger visitors:
- “Thank you for letting us to look around the farm on a busy time like this… I particularly enjoyed watching the people that sorted the strawberries by the traffic lights. I was blown away sent into space when you told us how many strawberries you grow in a year … Wow! Thank you for letting us pick the strawberries and eat them at the end. We ate so many. We are going to explode!!!” Georgia
- “My favourite bit was where we got to eat the yummy, yummy strawberries. Thank you for the whole trip it was so, so good. I am in love with your strawberries.” Harriet
- “The polly tunel are so long I couldn’t see Mrs Sainder! I bet you it must have taken a lot of time for the people planting. About a year? The control room was epic …” Morgan
Hugh Lowe Farms have built two polytunnels for two local schools which are used to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Like many farmers, Hugh Lowe Farms donates its own produce to different clubs, non-profit organisations, schools and churches every season, as well as supporting the school’s Breakfast Club which makes life easier in the morning for busy parents.
Marion Regan is a STEM Ambassador for Kent schools, encouraging children to learn about science on farms.
And of course we mustn’t forget our local Mereworth Village Fete, supported by the farm for many years. This year two teams from Hugh Lowe Farms participated in Tug of War competition and the Glasshouse team won the Queens Head Cup!
Finally, each year we host the village Barn Dance in aid of local charities in our 18th Century thatched barn – which creates quite an atmosphere!