Millbank Farm is a sixth generation family farm in Killinchy, County Down. We grow over 40 varieties of vegetables from swedes to squash, from carrots to kale. As well as vegetables we also keep sheep, broiler chickens and two Highland cows.
Grown around the corner
- Sprouting broccoli
- Purple sprouting broccoli
- Table turnip
- Red scallions
- Yellow courgette
- Golden beetroot
- Coloured carrots
- Table celery
- Early potatoes
- Main season potatoes
- Heritage tomatoes
- Brussel sprouts
- Pointed cabbage
- Red cabbage
- Savoy cabbage
- White cabbage
- Coleslaw cabbage
- Cavolo nero
Our team of experts
Although we’re a family farm, we couldn’t grow such great food without our trusted team. Some have been with us for over 25 years, offering years of invaluable experience and skill, while fresh faces offer enthusiasm to the mix!
Meet Millbank’s most popular residents, Maggie and Lizzie – two Highland cows. Brought over from Scotland, they now call our rolling fields home.
We keep sheep on the farm, including 200 commercial ewes and Texel, Suffolk and New Zealand Suffolk rams. Grass reared all year round, they are brought inside to lamb in March time.
We farm the land in a sympathetic way, and take every opportunity to enhance the local biodiversity of the countryside. Some of our environmental initiatives include:
We've planted 14 acres of coppies, hedgerows and mixed variety hedges, offering enhanced habitats for the local flora and fauna.
Seeding wild flowers
Wild flowers offer a pollinator mix for bees, as well as creating a beautiful splash of colour for passers by to enjoy – we have planted five acres in recent years.
To create higher organic matter in our soils, we keep livestock on the farm for grazing, rotate our crops, and spread organic manure.
Installing bat boxes
We have installed bat boxes – offering habitats for the protected species in the local area.
Laying crop netting
Innovative netting is used to cover some of our crops. This covers the sprouting plants, forming a microclimate – which aids growth and deters insects without the need for unnecessary pesticides.
Our plum and apple orchards provide habitats for bullfinches.
Millbank Farm was founded on the site of a corn and sutch mill, which processed flax for the linen trade.
Produce used to be taken from Killinchy to Belfast by horse and cart. 13 miles away, the farmer had to leave at 3am to get there on time!
Millbank converts to dairy farming, producing milk for the next 20 years.
The linen trade declines in Ireland, and the corn mill shuts for business.
Millbank Farm makes the move to vegetable farming, specialising in turnips, potatoes and leeks which grew well in the local soil.
Millbank Farm form a partnership with Moy Park. Two chicken houses were built to accommodate the new feathered arrivals!
Millbank Farm Shop opens its doors in Saintfield in June 2019!