And in amongst the bees and the blossoms and the beautiful sunshine filled days, our family are preparing for the next stage of our farming journey.
The stage where we scale back our family farm business and reclaim the growing as our own.
The stage where we step out of the business world for a while. We stop looking at the end product as a commodity, as something that sits on a spreadsheet to sell and be paid for. And we stop trying to get bigger and bigger just to pay the feed costs, the wages and that stack of bills that constantly sits next to my farmer boy's desk.
It's time for us to remember the feelings of excitement and inspiration and ideology that brought us here in the first place.
We've had a wonderful, incredible, successful, first 12 years on our farm, but now we feel ready for something new. A different kind of farming. The next chapter.
So from the middle of this month we'll be stripping it right back to basics. My farming family and I. Simple. Small. Sustainable.
Truthfully, I think we've been ready for something new for a while. We've been waiting for inspiration to strike and take us in a new direction, but we've been so busy and so exhausted that even if it has struck, we haven't noticed it.
Our future is wide open. Maybe we'll open a tiny on farm provedore? Maybe we'll revisit biodynamics? Maybe we'll start a 'pick your own' adventure? Maybe we'll specialise in something? Maybe we'll run courses? Maybe we'll have time to visit the bees more often, get some milking goats, build a studio, host events, write another book....the sky is the limit.
We will be staying on our farm. We will still be Daylesford Organics. We will continue to provide eggs and seasonal fruit and veg grown with love and integrity to our local area. And we will keep our organic certification.
We're really excited to see where the wind blows us. We're really excited to feel excited again. And we're really grateful for all the support and loyalty we've been given. Thank you!
We can't wait to share the next stage of our farming journey with you.