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Discover more about how we are expanding Humble By Nature, from our new animal arrivals to innovative course ideas, building projects and cutting edge green technology.
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. Next came the office and The Humble Hideaway. Finally they opened the Cookery School in the Long Barn.
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 system and edible Courtyard Garden are an integral part of the farm: showcasing sustainability and new technology. The new Cookery School will confirm Monmouthshire’s place on the map as a fantastic foodie destination with a range of courses and demonstrations from top chefs and local talent.
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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