In 2014 we moved from our one-bed flat in London to a farmhouse with a little land in rural South Wales. For the first few months we concentrated on starting to turn our patch of paradise into a working farm; building pig arcs and pens; reinstating the dilapidated greenhouse and discovering the vegetable patch. We installed a rainwater system for the much-anticipated livestock and, of course, got a flock of laying hens. Then, in July 2015 the farm got its first pigs in 50 years and, with the help of half the village, Forest Coalpit Farm became a farm again.
Before we arrived at Forest Coalpit Farm, we knew animal welfare and high quality produce were going to be the core values of our business. We strive to be sustainable and to take care of, enhance, and work with our patch of land and the wider environment. We want to make products to these standards that are also affordable and good value.
Since we arrived we’ve planted a small, but beautiful forest (or at least it will be in 10 years time), with a view to reforesting land to make it useful and productive for our animals, ourselves and local flora and fauna. We planted an orchard, and we have introduced four bee hives, which pollinate the fruit and flowers on our land and the heather on the surrounding Black Mountains, and, happily, it makes wonderful honey too.
We hope to continue to provide our customers with high-quality, good value, high-welfare products, happy in the knowledge that every product we sell is a product not bought from a facility that intensively rears animals