4:38 pm, May 16, 2013
I’ve haven’t written for a while. Its been a long winter, after a cold, wet summer in 2012. Jim Fairlie and Gareth Wyn Jones, have written and spoken out eloquently about the difficulties farmers have faced this Spring. What is less obvious though is that it comes on the back of a terrible growing season in 2012, with harvest yields of grain down significantly and less grass for feeding animals last winter.
Thankfully we did not have the wait for snow to melt here before counting losses this Spring. My heart goes out to the hill farmers all over the UK who had to endure that, because its only once animals are gone that you truly understand what has happened and can move on. Tough? Yes. Tough.
Farmers, though, are nothing if not adaptable, a journey we began on a weekly basis in 2003. We are 10 years old this June and we are delighted to still be here growing food and moving forward, slowly but surely to a new and different, food and farming place.
We’re talking all things pig, looking at that most versatile of meat animals: alive in the field, as carcases in the butchery, cooking them up in the kitchen, and lastly on your plate, for a simple, convivial supper.
Photo by Aoife Behan