Category Archives: farming

10 Top Tips for the Best Father of the Bride Speech

Here at the Haybarn at Beechenhill Farm we have heard many many speeches. Because we are working and making sure the weddings here go like clockwork, we always listen attentively to the speeches. Whether it’s a nervous first time public … Continue reading

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Global Award for Peak District Farm?

Beechenhill Farm up for Global Award Beechenhill Farm has been short-listed out of 1600 global nominations in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards.  Responsible tourism; having more fun and better experiences because you are not harming the planet,  is at the core … Continue reading

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Save Young People, Share an Apprentice!

Do you remember the ‘Save water- share a bath’ campaign? Well, Save Young People, Share an Apprentice! Just in Staffordshire there are over 30,000 small businesses, if half of those shared an apprentice that would be 7,000 young people being … Continue reading

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The Iridescent Green Dock Beetle (our organic jewel)

Nature gives us what we need. When we started our conversion to organic farming in 1998, Terry the farmer was very uncomfortable about allowing nettles, thistles and dock leaves to grow on the farm. He had grown up on a … Continue reading

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We LOVE our Cows

We seriously love our cows. You can’t spend days and months and years with any animal without getting to know them and appreciate their characters and quirks.  Today we let our bonny organic cows out for the first time since Oct. … Continue reading

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Soaring Spirits and Harsh Realities of the English Uplands

A while ago I tramped across the Peak District’s Bleaklow in mizzly drizzle, hot and puffing in my waterproof jacket; my legs aching from high stepping through the heather tufts. We reached a high point and stopped. All around, as … Continue reading

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Cow Manure and Bright Sparks

Our living countryside runs and thrives because there are lots of ‘bright sparks’; people who take responsibility and get things done in villages and rural communities. I have just been involved in a EU funded LEADER process interviewing candidates with … Continue reading

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A rural, female, small-business view of an emerging LEP

I was invited to speak at the event held today by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  I was asked to introduce my small rural business, describe my measures of success and say what I want from the LEP.  … Continue reading

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Rounded Corners

It occurred to me the other day that every part of our home and our farm has been shaped by the big, kind, capable and skilled hands of my farmer husband.  Every single wall corner, window sill and skirting board … Continue reading

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Our Organic Raw Milk Phenomenon

All of a sudden we started getting requests for our raw organic milk.  By internet and telephone; people from a radius of about 30 miles, from the Peak District, Staffordshire and Sheffield,  have contacted us hoping we can supply our organic … Continue reading

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