The Hodgson family are fourth-generation farmers whose first farm was purchased in 1925 by Ida Mary Hodgson, my great grandmother. The farm was Great Newsome Farm at South Frodingham; like many farms in the area, it was a mixed farm producing eggs, pork, beef, lamb and cereals.
My grandfather then managed the farm, and in 1971 the family went on to purchase Hall Farm at Halsham. This is where my parents Laurence and Doreen lived, and still do to this day. I grew up there with my two brothers Matthew and Thomas. Matthew and I are still involved in the family businesses. I run the farm and my brother manages the brewery.
On the farm, we grow winter wheat, spring barley, garden peas, oil seed rape, spring oats, flax, spring beans and herbal leys. Growing a wide variety of crops helps with soil health by introducing biodiversity within the soil, and it also helps manage the risk if one crop does not perform well.
As well as our farm, we also own and run the Great Newsome Brewery and Little Otchan Glamping – to find out more click on the logos below.