Whitmuir - Our story so far
by farm owners Pete Ritchie and Heather Anderson
Whitmuir is a 54 ha, mixed upland farm, located 16 miles south of Edinburgh in the beautiful Scottish Borders. We moved here in 2000 and together with our sons, Joseph and Ewan, we farm organically.
Here at Whitmuir we rear beef cattle, sheep, pigs, layer hens for eggs and turkeys for Christmas. We also grow seasonal vegetables, some soft fruit and lots of hope and encouragement.
Developing the farm and our Farm Supporters
In 2006 we built our farm butchery, put up our first polytunnel, opened our first wee farm shop and launched our Farm Supporters scheme - find out more here.
Farm supporters make regular monthly payments to the farm in exchange for food, trusting us to grow and source organic food for them. Their ongoing commitment is hugely appreciated and they have helped us grow from the first week shop to where we are now, employing over 27 people.
In December 2009 we opened our much larger organic farm shop and café. All of our meat is butchered here and all of the farm’s produce is sold direct to customers in the shop and café or delivered straight from our farm to your front door. Find out more about our home deliveries here.
Whitmuir Community Farm is planning to take over the cafe soon, with all profits going to support the educational work on the farm. Our aim is to transfer the farm into community ownership so the community benefits are retained when we retire. For more information go to www.whitmuircommunityfarm.org
Check if we deliver to you here
The farm is open to everyone - all are welcome. We also retail through Margiotta, a family run chain of indenpendent shops in Edinburgh.
Who else is here at Whitmuir
Whitmuir is also home to Quercus Garden Plants, a plant nursery specialising in plants suited to our soils and climate and the Dancing Light Gallery for contemporary Scottish Art. We are also welcoming a new tenanat to the Antique shop and hope to have this open again by 1 March.
We are passionate advocates of organic farming and our long term aim is to develop the farm as a Living Learning Space for sustainable food and farming. We are working with Whitmuir Community Benefit Society to achieve this aim.
Whitmuir is an open farm – you are welcome to come visit, walk, learn, play, shop and enjoy very good food.
Dogs are welcome - but they must be kept on a lead, they must be wormed and all dog poo must be bagged and binned. Well-behaved dogs are welcome inside the cafe on a lead.
Children are also very welcome - but they must not be left to play unattended as Whitmuir is a working farm with livestock and machinery everywhere.
If you like wandering, come prepared - wear suitable shoes and clothing and remember, there is always mud!
You can come and explore the Fairy Walk - fairies do better on organic farms!
Please find our more about why organic matters here.
Our farm and our butchery are both certified by the Soil Association, who inspect annually. The SA symbol on our meat and vegetables and fruit means we meet the very highest welfare and production standards.
Soil Association Certification -
We have Producer Certification for the farm and Processor Certification for the butchery and shop. Certificates covering certificaiton to July 2020 are available here.