Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I know time is precious so I really hope that from reading this you will be inspired by what we are trying to achieve here at Babbinswood Farm.
For the last two years I decided to turn my energy and attention back to my families farm. The farm was in desperate need of love, support & direction. So after the last decade of training as an outdoor sports educator, I decided to put this on hold and I turned my attention to the farm.
A bit of history, so the farm has been in my family for over 5 generations. It has always been mainly a cattle dairy farm, however in 2001 my parents decided it wasn’t financially viable anymore and decided to sell the dairy herd and rent the land out. This was not an easy decision but nor would have been the alternative, which was borrow more money and intensivefy production.
At the time I was 15 years old, and worked alongside Dad on the farm when I wasn’t at school. My parents, the most supportive individuals who I love so much, didn’t want to burden me with the pressure of going straight from school to working on the farm, and allowed me and my sisters freedom to grow up and explore and choose what we want to do. Something my Dad did not have as a young person. I admire both their foresight so much, as I think that is exactly what has brought me back farming, no pressure, I can pursue my own ambitions in a way that is important to me.
I have not had the conventional route to farming; I did grow up with farming, but did not study at agricultural college, and as my dad in now farming in Africa I don’t have his daily support and wisdom, however he is only a phone call away. And Mums daily support, guidance and knowledge are endless. So I’m pretty lucky with those who are supporting me on this new path. But I also find farming naturally comes to me, yes is it emotionally and physically challenging seven days a week 365 days a year, outdoors in all weathers, the list of jobs is never ending. But all that said it is the most rewarding and satisfying job I have done to date.
So following on from this blog I will be sharing my approaches to farming at Babbinswood Farm topics which include:
Setting up my calf at foot dairy - The Little Dairy
Holistic Management Training with 3LM
Outdoor Activities100% pasture fed Dairy and Beef
I would describe myself as the unconventional farmer, its not that I don’t respect the opinions of the conventional farming community, I am always happy to talk through why I’m doing what I’m doing. But these conversations urgently need to address the Health of our soils - so the food produced is nutrient rich, The welfare of animals raised on farms is paramount, We farm within the complexity of the natural environment not above it or without but listening to it and observing it.
Once again thank you for your time, take care,Casha at Babbinswood Farm
Food for thought this week: One earthworm can digest 36 tons of soil in one year