Narrowboat Farm is an environmentally-friendly market garden on the banks of the Union Canal, 2 miles East of Linlithgow. This is what we are about:
Naturally Grown Goodness – We believe in sustainable farming and we practice what we preach. Anything ending in ‘-cide’ can do one! So you know only mother nature’s finest ingredients go into our food.
200 Year Old Fast Food – Back in the 1820’s local farmers took advantage of the new canals to transport their produce to market at a whopping 4mph! 200 years later we are bringing that tradition back alive with our canalside farm.
A Small Farm With Big Ideas – Did you know the average age of a farmer in Scotland is about 60 years old? As ‘young’ farmers we’ve joined a growing movement of innovative new-starts with our micro-farm, helping to ensure the future is bright for food production in Scotland.
One Foot in the Past & One In The Future – We farm the way it was done before industrialisation, when farms lost their habitats, hedgrerows, birds, trees and bees. It is our way of fostering a healthy environment for future generations.
Slow Down and Enjoy The Good Life – We’re a test site for an exciting new social enterprise creating awesome venues along the canals. For everyone who rushes around or runs out of energy before the weekend has even begun, canals help remind people that you don’t always need to be busy.
In late 2015, our wee field was purchased from the existing Park Farm and we began the process of setting up our business. Throughout 2016 and 2017 we navigated our way through all of the officialdom of starting up a new holding and getting connected to services, testing the soil, building sheds etc etc. A breakthrough in early 2017 saw us receive a European farm start-up grant via the Scottish Government. This helped give us the final push towards the resources required to get an exciting market garden established. In 2018 we completed our first growing season, supplying shops and box schemes with tasty local produce. From 2018 to 2021 we sold veg through our ‘Veg Shack’ and via memberships.