Another fabulous few hours with my second visit to Chagfarm near Chagford in Devon….this time with the goats and new kids!
Chagfarm – or Chagford Community Farm – was set up in 2013 by Sylvan Friend, a qualified carpenter, and his brother, Davon, the business end of the partnership. It is one of the UK’s first community-supported micro-dairies primarily producing goats’ milk and cheeses. They also do free-range pork, woodland poultry and honey under a Community Supported Agriculture business model. This means that in contrast to conventional farms, they operate on a payment by subscription basis, having customers sign up as members and commit to buying a certain amount of produce over a period of at least a year. And, its all produced to Soil Association certified organic standards. The aim is to make the local, sustainable food supply more resilient by complementing the already existing vegetable supply from bother-in-law Ed Hamer and team at Chagfood Community Market Garden……which just happens to be on adjacent land. Its all about provenance and community rather than profit and greed, part of membership being an open invitation to look around and meet the animals.
It was a fabulous two hours first making a few images of Sylvan and his young daughter near the woods where the pigs run, and then amongst the goats and new kids. I hope the pictures can convey the uplifting nature of being so close and looking them in the eye – or as near as you can look a goat in the eye!! Wonderful experience.
[Double clicking on any of the images below will open up that image up in a slideshow format. You can then run the slide show using ‘left’ and ‘right’ buttons. Personally I prefer to go also to full screen having opened the slide show – F11 on my PC, don’t forget to get out of full screen is the same button , not ESC!]