We share a bee farmer with Blackwell Primary School (one of our link schools) and publish their monthly articles to our newspaper, check them out by following the link.
Our Philosophers had a school trip to Bluebell dairy farm were they got to learn where food comes from and how farming works. They also got to have a yummy ice-cream.
Andrew and Liz at Top Eccles Farm
Let us introduce ourselves, we are Andrew and Liz and we live at Top Eccles Farm here in the High Peak of Derbyshire and we are your new Food for Life Farm Link. I have to say Andrew does usually look more cheerful!
We are a smallholding with just a few acres, but it makes up part of our living. We have converted a stone barn into a holiday cottage for 4 people called Barn Meadow and have 2 cats called Sparkle and Spangle, 2 alpacas called Hercules and Horatio (we spin and sell their fleece), 9 hens which do have names – wellie, nom, HP, grumpy, spotty, leggy, hooky, nooky and speck and 3 beehives – no they don’t have names but produce lots of delicious honey. We currently don’t have any other animals but watch this space!
We have a polytunnel and growing area to grow produce for ourselves and holiday makers. We sell some of our produce from the bottom of our driveway and into local shops. We are quite high up over 1100ft (can you work out how many metres that is?) so our growing season is quite short. We both have other part-time jobs to make ends meet!
We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful place, but it is hard work at times. Here you can see our little world! We have some great neighbours who farm on a slightly larger scale than us. One has lots of sheep and a horse livery and the other is ‘rewilding’ their land and have pigs, sheep and cattle. We will be introducing them over time. At some point it will be great to do a live chat with you so you can ask us questions and see where we live. Watch out for our next update when we will show you how the alpacas are sheared and the wool spun. Hercules and Horatio do like to roll and chill out!