The Bradley Nook Sanctuary

Ashbourne, UK

Meet Katja & Jay Wilde

Katja und Jay Wilde' Bradley Nook Sanctuary in Ashbourne (UK), is being Refarm'd to producing plant-based drinks and we are proudly opening the pre-orders for you to get fresh oat drink from this sanctuary!

We believe that by uniting together with farmers and providing them with the tools they need to move away from the animal trade, we are offering a viable new opportunity for their businesses to be part of the growing plant based movement.

We assist the ex-dairy/cattle farms to sustainably and locally source the ingredients to produce plant based drinks on their farms. The farmers’ land is converted into an animal sanctuary for their cattle that are no longer being used.

By signing up to this subscription service, you are helping the animal farming industry transition to a plant based livelihood that helps both the animals and our environment alike.

Their story

I was born into a farming family in the late 1950s. My father milked around 60 cows on Bradley Nook Farm at the time.

It was understood as a matter of course that I would work on the farm after leaving school and that I would eventually inherit. Our cows were housed in Victorian cow sheds which meant that all cleaning out and foddering was manual labour as machinery access was impossible.

While we had the milk cows, we would fill the milk jug as soon as it was empty and eating meat was considered essential for a hard-working farmer. Not having meat available at all times was unthinkable in my family.

Like all farmer’s children, we were roped into the business as soon as was possible and in summer it was our job to douse the animals in insecticide each afternoon after driving them in from the pasture – a procedure that has left thousands of farmers with a legacy of poor health as Health and Safety barely featured in those days.

A much nicer job for us children was feeding the calves with calf milk and barley gruel.

Still, my family took the time to engage with the wildlife on the land and we learned a lot from our dad. He never engaged with business-like intensive farming and thus our land was spared most of the artificial fertilizers and herbicides then regarded as essential for efficient and productive farming which allowed a host of species to carry on growing on the farm.

In my late 20s I joined a transcendental meditation group for a while to alleviate the stress of 15-hour days. In that group, I met for the first time people who chose to be vegetarians for ethical reasons.

This very much chimed with my own feelings for the animals I cared for and I chose to go vegetarian myself.

Carrying on with the farm work was more difficult after acknowledging and acting upon my feelings, but circumstances and farming traditions prevented me from finding a way out.

Life became a bit less strenuous after changing to organic beef production in 1997 as the milking routine fell away and the animals were finally housed in a new, modern cattle shed. Nevertheless, the objective of the business was still to have the animals killed eventually and that became more obvious with the need of monitoring weight and condition for the sale. Loading them up for transport became ever more difficult to endure.

Also, the road was open to get into a stewardship scheme. Some of our fields are protected as organic hay meadows and other fields are protected to maintain the historic plough lines, called ‘ridge and furrow’, that show as undulations in the ground.

As my father grew older, I had the occasional chance to make minor changes, but he firmly held grip of the reins right until his death. This has been quite common in British farming families.

I have always had an interest in all things technical and ecological and I have been aware of pollution, climate change and their impact on the environment for a very long time. It pained me to be stuck in a situation where I was forced to contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. After my father’s death I therefore invested all my savings into a largish solar PV array feeding electricity into the national grid to make up at least in part for the pollution we caused with keeping livestock.

For decades now, I have avoided driving whenever possible, I never fly and use my (now) electric bicycle to travel locally.

My wife Katja came to the farm in 2008 to help me with an idea I had to stop farming and selling renewable energy technology instead, but my dad would not even tolerate mentioning the idea.

We were asked to host a camp of an environmental activists’ group around then – to which my dad did not object – and they returned two or three times after that. Veggies Catering Service from Nottingham provided their meals and during one camp they made me aware of The Vegan Society’s Growing Green campaign.

Their aim is to support farmers in transitioning from livestock farming to growing vegetables certified by the Vegan-Organic Network, that means: no manure, no slurry, no blood, fish and bones, no pesticides, no artificial fertilizer, but instead plant compost and fitting soil-improving ‘green manures’ into a strategic crop rotation as well as the invitation of invertebrates through wildflowers and beetle banks.

It took me a year or so to give The Vegan Society a call but things happened very quickly after that. Within 3 months the majority of our herd had been accepted by Hillside Animal Sanctuary and within another three months they had moved to their new home in Norfolk. We have kept 17 animals who continue to graze some of our fields, supporting the important fauna and flora dependent on their organic manure.

The speediness of the initial change was a drawback for the planning of the growing business but after three years of hiccups we are nearing the point where things can actually happen.

We were invited to join Refarm’d on the back of the publicity this transition received and we were impressed with the concept as it doesn’t condemn farmers but allows them to make a living while being able to gradually change their daily routine, the management of their land and their attitude towards animals, farming and themselves.

Becoming involved in the Refarm’d project compliments what we are planning to do on the rest of the farm: producing food that has not caused harm to anybody and making more room for nature.

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Subscription plans

You can know subscribe to one of Jay & Katja's plans to receive a weekly delivery of fresh, organic and handmade (by them) oat drink in reusable glass bottles. Simply click on the desired plan and follow the steps (you are also able to customize your plan once you are in the subscription process).


Prices are including free delivery every week to your favourite pickup location

Daisy Subscription

Receive 2 litres of fresh, organic oat drink* with no additives every week, in returnable glass bottles.

How much is 2 liters?

This will make you on average 1 glass of drink per day or 10 cereal bowls.

*Ingredients: filtered water, organic oats (10%), sea salt.

Elsie Subscription

Receive 4 litres of fresh, organic oat drink* with no additives every week, in returnable glass bottles.

How much is 4 liters?

This will make you on average 2 glasses of drink per day or 16 smoothies.

*Ingredients: filtered water, organic oats (10%), sea salt.

Buttercup Subscription

Receive 7 litres of fresh, organic oat drink* with no additives every week, in returnable glass bottles.

How much is 7 liters?

This will make you on average of 4 glasses of drink per day or 14 vegan mac & cheeses.

*Ingredients: filtered water, organic oats (10%), sea salt.

In details

Pre-orders

This subscriptions are pre-orders as they are the initial orders made to this farm to get them started. By subscribing to pre-orders we kindly ask to accept a few weeks delay before first delivery to be able to provide the best quality product and service. In return, we offer to fully reimburse the first subscription month, after having received and tested the plant-based milks, if you are not satisfied. If you are satisfied the ongoing subscriptions will continue as planned.

The first delivery of your oat drink is planned for the first week of October 2020. You have the possibility to delay your subscription by 1 or 2 months in case you are on holiday.

The drink

This subscription is for pure oat drink that is made fresh just before deliveries, by the farmers themselves. The ingredients are organic and local oats and filtered water (osmosis filtration system) as well as sea salt. No preservatives, additives or sugars are added nor is the milk going through any complicated process to preserve as much as possible the nutrients and the taste. The fresh oat drink has a shelf-life of 8 to 10 days unopened if kept in the refrigerator at all times. Once opened, the drink should be consumed in 3 days. Separation in the drink, and slight variations in taste and texture are normal occurring events for a fresh made product. For best results shake before use.

Ongoing subscriptions

Subscriptions are on-going, recurring orders that are delivered automatically every week so you can relax and enjoy your drink! Subscriptions can be changed or stopped at any time. If you choose to cancel your subscription, and if you paid for the year, you will be reimbursed for the remaining months. No reimbursements are made for orders already received (except the first subscription month, details in pre-orders above). Payments made for the current month (so for 4-5 deliveries) are not reimbursed. Please cancel subscriptions before the beginning of the new subscription month.

Payment method

You can choose to pay on a monthly-basis or a yearly-basis (to get 10% discount). Payments can be done through credit cards on our platform directly. Payments are automatically made beginning of the every month and cover a weekly delivery of plant-based drink in your selected pickup location.

Delivery

All Refarm’d milk will be packaged in reusable glass bottles that we collect each week alongside your new delivery. Please show some love to these bottles and handle with care so that they can be reused a maximum of times.

At the moment the only delivery option is to get delivered through pickup locations (at no additional cost). You will be able to change your selected pickup location at any time to suits your needs. Current pickup locations can be seen below.

We hope to be able to offer home deliveries in the near future as well.

Our deliveries are done by our own selected Refarm'd drivers.

Our long term goal is to make our deliveries as environmentally friendly as possible, using only electrical or natural gas vehicles.

Pickup Locations for oat drinks from Bradley Nook Farm

ASHBOURNE:

Flower Cafe

5 Market Place, Ashbourne, DE6 1EX, 01335344090, susan.micallef@hotmail.co.uk

DERBYSHIRE:

Sue’s Sustainables

De Bradelei House, The Gatehouse, Chapel St, Belper DE56 1AR

Vegan Revelation

Chapel St, Belper DE56 1AR, United Kingdom, email: veganrevelation@hotmail.com, +44 7341 896921

DERBY:

Vedi

Castleward Walk Derby, DE1 2LH, admin@vedifood.co.uk, +44 01332 340055

Plant Cafe and Bar

34 Sadler Gate, Derby, DE1 3NR, 07810341574,

NOTTINGHAM:

Veggies Catering Campaign

245 Gladstone St, New Basford, Nottingham NG7 6HX, info@veggies.org.uk, +44 7870 861837

The Dice Cup

68-70 Mansfield Rd, Nottingham NG1 3GY, +44 115 845 8729, thedicecup@gmail.com

LEICESTER:

Currant Affairs

Address: 9A Loseby Ln, Leicester LE1 5DR, +44 116 251 0887

BIRMINGHAM:

The Warehouse Cafe

54-57 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TH, +44 121 348 7554

Plant and Pulse

9 The Minories (at Bull Street Tram Stop ), Birmingham B4 6AG, +44-7549381346

MANCHESTER:

Eduardo’s Gone Vegan

36 Norfolk St, Middleton, England, M24 1QG, +44-1612220491

Freaky Shakes

615 Oldham Rd, Failsworth, Manchester M35 9AN

MILTON KEYNES:

Vibe Juice

Unit 33b, Intu Milton Keynes, Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes, MK9 3GB

*As a starting offer, the farm only produces plain oat drink. Other types of plant-based milks, including fortified ones and a barista version, will be added very soon. You will be able to update your subscription at any moment.