MEET THE MACS
The Ditchling organic egg-farmers on the challenges of diversification
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