The Croft is a small organic farm in the village of Houghton (north of Carlisle) with an additional 28 hectares beside the river Eden near Armathwaite. A pedigree herd of traditional Longhorn cattle and a small flock of Mule ewes producing cross-bred Suffolk lambs are raised on organic principles. Lamb and beef are sold direct from the farm, by mail order or at farmers’ markets. Organic geese are available for the Christmas market and fruit and vegetables from the organic garden are available in season. The farm welcomes over 3000 young people on curriculum-related visits every year and offers work placements for students studying veterinary science or agriculture-related subjects.