Pipers Farm is a 50-acre, all grass, family farm, located just north of Exeter in Devon. It lies in an area of rolling hills and nutrient-rich red soil. Our fields are small and the 400-year-old hedgerows surrounding them are 2 or 3 metres wide. They are priceless reservoirs of biodiversity and natural corridors for wildlife. We are thrilled that they have partnered with our Festival in its 25th year and caught up with founder, Peter Greig, to find out more.
Name: Peter Greig
Job Description: Founder of Pipers Farm
Tell us about Pipers Farm? Pipers Farm is a 50-acre, all grass, family farm, located just north of Exeter in Devon. It lies in an area of rolling hills and nutrient-rich red soil. Our fields are small and the 400-year-old hedgerows surrounding them are 2 or 3 metres wide. They are priceless reservoirs of biodiversity and natural corridors for wildlife.
What is your approach to sustainable farming? Regenerative farming is an approach to food and farming systems that rejects pesticides, artificial fertilizers and chemical inputs, and instead focusses on regenerating topsoil, increasing biodiversity, improving water cycles and increasing resilience to climate fluctuation to strengthen the health and vitality of farming communities. Regenerative farming is based on techniques and thinking that integrates; permaculture, agroecology, agroforestry, restoration ecology, and holistic management.
The Pipers Farm mission is closely aligned with that of Ludlow Food Festival. How would you explain your mission to others? Pipers Farm is a destination for meat that is produced sustainably and in harmony with nature. We create links between ethical producers who we know and trust with our customers. Our ethics and values are deep-rooted to the core of our business. We passionately believe in producing wholesome natural food that has been grown with respect for nature. Our principles have not changed for over 30 years and you can rest assured that we will continue to produce food that you can trust completely
What inspired you to partner with Ludlow Food Festival in its 25th Year? As champions of slow food, it's been on our radar because of the brilliant work they do to connect people with ethical food producers and food culture.
What will people discover when they visit Pipers Farm at the Festival? Slow-grown sustainably reared meat conveniently delivered to their door!
What are you looking forward to most about Ludlow Food Festival? As our first year getting involved in the festival, we are really looking forward to the new experience and connecting with like minded people.
Do you have a favourite Pipers Farm recipe you could share with us? An insanely delicious dish that is easy to prep, cooks low and slow, leaving you to get on with your day. Invite loved ones over, crack open a bottle of your favourite wine and get stuck in, make sure to have first dibs on the crackling as that'll be snaffled before you know it. https://pipersfarm.com/blogs/journal/slow-roast-shoulder-of-pork-with-root-veg-mash
Do you have a favourite Pipers Farm product? What is special about this? Choosing just one product is tricky! We have so many beautiful cuts. Our Slow-grown Pork Belly is divine and great slow cooked in the oven. Our 100% Grass Fed Picanha is sensational and so versatile, we love cooking it on our fire pits. Our Slow-grown Bacon is so sweet and smokey and has a cracking crisp when fried. Then there is our showstopper - the deliciously mouth-watering whole Properly Free Range Chicken which is always loved by all.
Describe Pipers Farm in three words: Flavour, Native, Slow-grown