We are here to work in partnership with schools and organisations working with vulnerable children and young people, utilising farming practices and the natural environment to create a psychologically safe learning environment where relationships of trust are built, exploration can take place and individual growth can take place.
Solidarity Farm CIC is located on Coldside Farm, a 200 acre, organic, livestock farm near Rothbury in Northumberland. The Harrison family have been farming at Coldside for over four generations.
Our Farm overlooks the Simonside Hills, located on a north facing slope or the 'cold side' of the hill - you can understand where the name comes from in the winter! We are on the very edge of Northumberland National Park - which we use for our activities.
We are a traditional mixed working farm, with machinery. The main activities of the farm are rearing our cows and sheep.
The farm is organic, and we do not use fertilisers on the farm but rely on the cycling of nutrients through livestock.
We are one of the few farms in the area that relies on haymaking for our winter forage with the majority of those in the area preferring silage and have a range of hay making equipment that we use to turn the grass into hay.
The hay meadows contain a range of plants and insects, as they are not just a single species of grass but what we call a diverse sward that supports a range of species.
The farm is part of the countryside stewardship scheme, and our management aims to benefit wildlife and people.