We asked pork producer Sally to share some of the ways buying British makes a difference to the whole community.
Boosting the economy
We hire four non-family members, who work between our two farms, and also use the services of all kinds of British businesses, from our five pig vets to local tradesmen like builders and electricians.
Securing the future
Some of the younger members of the family have signed up to the Farming Pioneers programme run by Co-op, to help improve their skills. The groups are great for young farmers when they’ve come out of college, supporting the next generation and giving them a platform.
A farm isn’t a business that stands on its own, and we have a good relationship with other local farmers. We buy wheat and barley from neighbouring farms to feed our pigs, and straw for bedding. Then we gather up the used straw and give it back to the farmers to use as fertiliser on their fields. It goes full circle — and is a really sustainable way of farming.
Because of the stability we gain from working with Co-op, we can invest in the local community. We recently donated some money to the local hockey club to help replace their Astroturf. We also try to shop local — at Co-op and the corner shop.
Our staff love getting involved with what’s going on in the community, whether that’s through teams like our hockey, football and cricket clubs, or meetings of local farmers.