Fibreshed Case Study

Tamarisk Farm

A unique combination of old and new, traditional and modern. Their mixed flock of native sheep breeds beautifully exhibit Nature’s rainbow of wool colours.

Meet the fibres

Dorset Down DK
100% Shetland Wool
Spin: Worsted
Ply: 3
Available formats: Ball
Pure Shetland
100% Shetland Wool
Spin: Woolen
Ply: 4
Available formats: Ball
Woven Sample
100% Shetland Wool

A farm like no other – Tamarisk Farm is more than just breathtaking, situated as it is on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic coastline – it is also a unique combination of old and new, traditional and modern. ‘Fundamentally organic’ since before certification existed, this 600-acre family farm grows cereal crops and livestock in a mixed rotational system that prioritises soil health and pasture diversity, in turn ensuring the wellbeing of its animals – whose grazing habits and manure are equally as important for the fertility and ecology of the farm as a whole. Indeed – Tamarisk Farm is steeped in an escapable philosophy and celebration of holism.

Second generation farmer Ellen, her husband Adam, daughter Leila and son-in-law Ben together farm and produce grass fed organic beef and lamb, free-range pastured eggs, grains and stoneground flours as well as the yarns and sheepskins from their mixed flock of five native sheep breeds that beautifully exhibit Nature’s rainbow of wool colours.

Hear Ellen in her own words:

Hear Leila in her own words:

About Tamarisk Farm

Jurassic Coast, Dorset CS
Ellen & Leila Simon
“Here is a quote from the producer sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum”

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