We are very proud of our friendly and dedicated team here at Castle Farm – many of whom have worked with us for years. Here’s a little run down of who you may see around the place or talk to when you phone;
William and Caroline Alexander have masterminded the development of the farm since the mid-1980’s.
William studied agriculture and is passionately committed to the hands-on management of the farm where he grew up. The farm has been with the Alexanders for generations – from when William’s great grandfather came down from Ayrshire in Scotland with a herd of dairy cows on a train!
Caroline studied architecture and landscape planning before specialising in conservation advice on farmland and studying farm business management. She wrote ‘Flowers Cut and Dried’, published in 1999, which was a definitive guide to the growing, drying and displaying of dried flowers and was based on all her hard-earned, practical experience.
William and Caroline’s grown-up children all remain involved in the farm, so you can often catch Lorna giving lavender tours and tweeting away on social media, Thomas taking wonderful photographs around the farm (see him at www.thomasalexanderphotography.co.uk) and Crispin doing tours and working out wonderfully scientific studies in the lavender still (and kitchen)!
THE HOP SHOP
Phil: the shop manager and tour organiser, dedicated to customer care.
Kathryn: our highly efficient mail order, marketing & events organiser, not to mention tour guide. Plus you may catch her on the local stage in theatre productions throughout the year in Eynsford and Sevenoaks!
Sheila, Claire, Jo, Muriel, Sandy, Vanessa, Anna, Alice, Charlotte and Mary: the shop staff who keep the place running smoothly – sorting out deliveries, re-arranging displays and always ready to help our shop customers with exceptional personal service.
Eve: our lovely office accounts organiser.
David: the stockman who manages the cattle enterprise, and drives our combine-harvester. He’s the man that ensures your Castle Farm beef tastes delicious every time!
James: cheery farm mechanic and tractor driver, who is responsible for all the arable crops and the smooth running of the farm workshop.
Bob: apple tree pruner, hop garden stringer and lavender-harvester driver. Bob also undertakes most woodland management on the farm so cuts up your winter logs.
Keith: versatile tractor driver, involved throughout the year in the fieldwork as well as helping to keep our herd of beef cattle fed and watered.
Michael: summer farm student and professional parachute jumper!
And various other lovely people who come back every year (often from abroad) to help in our busy summer season.
We sometimes have opportunities for enthusiastic, dedicated or experienced people to join our team. If you are interested, please just give Caroline a call on 01959 523219.