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James and his pigs

Our Story

In 2015, we (James & Jo) moved from the bright lights of Crystal Palace with our cat Gili to reinvigorate Jo's family farm at Rose Cottage and to start our smallholding adventure. 

 

We’ve thrown ourselves in at the deep end and learnt a lot since we’ve been here. We’ve been on courses, helped out at more established farms and spent a lot of time reading! And here we are today with our small farm in full swing.

Our Farm

Rose Cottage is around 140 years old and has been farmed by Jo’s family for five generations. When we moved in, the farm was very much in retirement. It was overgrown and out of control so we’ve slowly brought it back to life and have the bramble scars to prove it.

 

We’re passionate about making sure farming continues here and want to prove that farming on a small scale is still the best way. Our aim is to raise happy animals, in the most natural way, to produce delicious meat.

 

We have woodland and grazing so there’s lots of foraging and fodder to keep the animals fed and happy. We have planted wildflower meadows for the bees and we’re gradually laying native hedgerows throughout to encourage the wildlife. 

Jo with baby boer goat

Our Farm

Rose Cottage is around 140 years old and has been farmed by Jo’s family for five generations. When we moved in, the farm was very much in retirement. It was overgrown and out of control so we’ve slowly brought it back to life and have the bramble scars to prove it.

 

We’re passionate about making sure farming continues here and want to prove that farming on a small scale is still the best way. Our aim is to raise happy animals, in the most natural way, to produce delicious meat.

 

We have woodland and grazing so there’s lots of foraging and fodder to keep the animals fed and happy. We have planted wildflower meadows for the bees and we’re gradually laying native hedgerows throughout to encourage the wildlife. 

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