‘Quality is not a coincidence, it is the result of a considerable effort’
Gilchesters Organics is a family business run by husband and wife, Andrew and Sybille Wilkinson in Northumberland, certified organic since 2002. The farm has a herd of rare breed White Galloway beef cattle and many acres of rare breed cereals. Andrew undertook a major on farm research project into organic cereal production from 2003 to 2006 in conjunction with Newcastle University which resulted in the establishment of their flour mill in 2006. Sybille, born and raised in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, is no stranger to quality breads with Germany’s strong bread heritage.
Andrew and Sybille were pioneers in the re-establishment of old cereal varieties into UK organic agriculture during this time and have specialised from the start in the production of spelt, Emmer, Einkorn and heritage wheats for baking flours with outstanding flavours and texture. These varieties are at the heart of the milling business at Gilchesters, producing baking quality grains on the farm in Northumberland.
Why Organic? And why all this effort?
We have a choice, all of us, as to how we live and use the resources around us. For some it is not important. For others, like ourselves, it is very important. We produce grains and beef in such a way that the soils are naturally replenished, the biodiversity and wildlife is abundant. The landscape breathes, the rivers flow clear and we live within the virtuous cycle we have adopted. It would be arrogant to suggest that we have created this, because of course this is the way nature has evolved and works best. We have merely slipped into the annual cycle that harvests the best of our natural resources. I ask you: ‘What could be better, or simpler?’