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We have a really wonderful team of expert teachers – all locally based – who have joined us at Humble by Nature to share their expertise and enthusiasm.
Humble by Nature’s home is a working farm just outside Monmouth in the Wye Valley in South Wales. For at least four generations it was owned by the local council and tenanted to young farming families who had no farm of their own. In 2010, when the last tenant retired and handed in his notice, the council decided to sell the farm, broken up into lots.
Kate Humble and husband Ludo Graham were looking for more land for their smallholding animals when they heard about the farm being sold. They felt it was too important an asset to the area, to farming and to the community to allow it to be sold in that way. They persuaded the council to allow them to take it on, keep it tenanted and run a business that in turn would support other rural businesses. The farm is now home to Tim and Sarah Stephens, who breed Welsh Mountain sheep and Hereford cattle.
When Kate and Ludo bought the farm their aim was to bring it back to life and create a business that would showcase rural skills, cookery and learning. But first they needed to get building. While it was unoccupied the farm had fallen into disrepair and there was plenty of work to be done. The first jobs were to make somewhere to house the smallholding animals (The Byre), a barn that was suitable for teaching in and to provide a house for Tim and Sarah. Tim started the never-ending task of stock-proofing the fields. With the new farmhouse came The Piggery, followed by The Humble Hideaway, the Long Barn in Autumn 2013 and The Hayloft in early 2014. July 2014 saw the launch of the Aquaponics Solar Greenhouse.
July 2015 saw the first sold out Big Day Out Festival, which took place over the course of one day with a brilliant line-up of guests & friends of the Farm including Gareth Malone, Matt Tebutt & Tom Herbert of The Fabulous Baker Brothers.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall visited the farm to see first hand how a small farm can be kept alive by diversification. Kate and Ludo took the Royal couple for a tour of the farm, stopping off at the Edible Garden, through the rare breeds animal paddocks and ‘Pig Alley’ where they were introduced to the different pig varieties at the farm. Of particular interest, was the Aquaponic Solar Greenhouse, the first of its kind in the UK, where TRHs learned more about the innovative food production techniques used to create sustainable farming practices in communities across the world.
Kate said: ‘We are over the moon that Their Royal Highnesses were able to find time in their packed schedule to come to our small farm in Monmouthshire. It was a great honour to have them here.’
Big Day Out returned in 2016 for a whole weekend of good old fashioned fun, starting with the comedy night in the Lambing Shed and continuing with live music, great food, crafts and farm adventures. We were delighted to welcome back Gareth Malone and Matt Tebbutt along with Jane Baxter, Romy Gill, David Jones and many more.
It’s been an amazing journey so far with all the ups and downs that come with starting a business but Kate, Ludo and all of their visitors think they’re onto a winner. The farm is a great meeting point for people with new ideas and the inspiration to try something a little bit different. Projects like the aquaponics solar greenhouse and Edible Garden are an integral part of the farm: showcasing sustainability and new technology.
Whether it’s learning about animals, food or rural skills, or enjoying dinner on the farm Humble by Nature has something for everyone.
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