Longparish Village Handbook (1999 edition)
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Agriculture

The numerous farms which once existed in the village have mostly had their farmhouses sold and the land taken back in hand. The main farms now are Firgo, from which the Longparish House Estate land is farmed, Vale Farm, and Middleton Farm on the Middleway. Nearly all the farmland, which is free-draining chalk, is now used for arable crops such as winter wheat, rape, barley, field beans and peas, with the exception of the water meadows which are grazed by a few sheep, cattle and horses. The farms in the area are still thriving despite the problems now being experienced by the farming industry in this country. In the last few years some landowners have tried to diversify and find new uses for their land.

There is a piggery and a chicken farm at Patchington near the Station.

Watercress has long been an important industry in Hampshire, and and since the early years of this century the Biggs family have had beds in Longparish. The family concern near Larkwhistle Farm is now managed by Mr James Smith and produces high quality organic watercress.

Mr Jackson has developed trout rearing ponds and a fishing lake in the water meadows near Southside Farm. The Dunfords of Vale Farm are developing their own trout and coarse fishing lakes in front of the farm.

Mr Faulds of Lodge Farm has temporary permission for a clay pigeon shooting school, which provides Trap shooting, an Olympic discipline at which his son excels.

There is a cross-country horse riding course on the Longparish House Estate.

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