The Ditch­ling or­ganic egg-farm­ers on the chal­lenges of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion

Sussex Life - - Rural Life -

We are at the end of an­other busy camp­ing sea­son on the farm. We have had a won­der­ful sum­mer and although we are ex­hausted, we could not be hap­pier!

As you may know by now, we as a fam­ily are all about spread­ing the word on food, farm­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion and our event and camp­ing sea­son is a per­fect time for us to high­light this. How­ever, it is a new ven­ture for all of us and we are hav­ing to learn many new skills very quickly!

We all know that farm­ing has al­ways been about a lot more than just look­ing after your an­i­mals, but this is es­pe­cially true for mod­ern-day farm­ers who are di­ver­si­fy­ing. Our project has meant that one minute we are look­ing after our chick­ens whilst the next we are work­ing in our lit­tle cof­fee bar. We can be on a trac­tor one day and or­gan­is­ing a range of events the next.

We love to trial new things here on the farm but are al­ways cau­tious of the fact that every event we do re­lates to what we are pas­sion­ate about. Our Open Day this year at­tracted 3,000 vis­i­tors and was a fun, fam­ily friendly day out. We had lo­cal food, drink, and mu­sic as well as lo­cal stall hold­ers and farm­ers spread­ing the word about what they do best.

We also had a barn dance and a sausage and cider night this sum­mer, which wel­comed every­body onto the farm to find out about what we do and cel­e­brated lo­cally made food and drink along­side lo­cal bands. We love our events as they have hid­den ed­u­ca­tional ben­e­fits and make you think about things in ways you may not ex­pect.

Now as we start head­ing into the chill­ier months, we will be fo­cus­ing on our 2019 cal­en­dar of farm­ing events, that will al­low fam­i­lies to visit our work­ing farm and the fam­ily be­hind it. We are priv­i­leged to be able to do what we do, and we want peo­ple to leave the farm hav­ing had a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and hav­ing learnt some­thing – even if they may not re­alise it.

Love The Macs x

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