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    Thomas Johnson
    Elverton Farms Ltd and The Redsell Teynham Partnership

    East Kent

    Bramling Cross, Bullion, Cascade, Challenger, East Kent Golding, Fuggle, Northdown

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    We farm around 220ha of land across three farms around Faversham in Kent. The business is family run, I am in my third year managing the farm in partnership with my Mum and Sister. Our cropping includes hops, apples, pears, cherries, wheat, barley and oilseed rape.

    Hops account for 20% of our cropping area, so is a key part of our business. We have only tall varieties, growing predominantly East Kent Goldings, but also other traditional varieties to broaden our picking window at harvest.  Recently we have planted some Bullion, an old variety which used to be used as a bittering hop and has gained some popularity in recent years thanks to its vibrant aroma.

    We employ eight full time staff most of whom have many years of experience on our farms. During the spring and summer months we employ up to 60 casual workers to help with harvest of our hops and fruit.

    Our farm is committed to producing high quality crops using sustainable farming practices.

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