Kate Daniels

Kate Daniels

Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire

Smallholding

Kate farms a 15 acre (6 hectare) smallholding in the heart of Worcestershire with her partner Ali.

When they bought the land in 2009 it was just a field of barley stubble. They soon built up a business based on small-scale, outdoor pig production using traditional breeds, supplemented by free range laying hens, Christmas turkeys, bees for honey and rare breed Ryeland sheep. They set up an on-farm butchery, selling meat from their own livestock and fresh local produce.

The farm has been through a big change since then. Kate and Ali agreed to sell the retail business to a neighbouring farm with a shop and pick-your-own visitor attraction, enabling it to reach more customers. They have since scaled back the livestock to just the sheep and bees, while deciding what to do next with the smallholding.

Kate is now exploring ideas around self-sufficiency, rare-breeds, rural crafts, herbs and herb lore and putting old farming wisdom alongside modern science to find new ways of taking care of the land.

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Kate likes to get through the dark, winter evenings with a good night-school class. She’s considering a traditional wood working course this winter. She reads lots of books about social history and the history of farming and food. Though a working dog isn’t really necessary for such a small flock of sheep, Kate loves working with Welsh sheepdogs Harri and Meg.

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