David jokes that the longest and most interesting conversation he’s ever had is with Apple, a Shetland cow. It took some time to realise, but we’re on the right track now; we’re supposed to be farmers.
Less than 10 years ago, as suburban country weekenders, walking through a wildflower meadow in midsummer was a revelation. We concluded: we must learn more about what this is; understand why we don’t see more of it; find out how we can help. Digging deeper, we discovered a broken system; farming needs to change. The old saying was unavoidable:
“If you want a job doing, do it yourself.”
Since then, we've cried tears of joy and of the greatest sadness; keeping livestock is not for the faint-hearted. We've lived in a yurt and spent hours feeding far-away animals, often forgetting to feed ourselves. We regret nothing.
Neither of us have a farming past. However, in a dynamic and exciting industry, it feels like we’re part of something big: helping to find the right future for farming.