It all started with a lot of chicken and two hungry babies. Peter and Henri started their farming lives in New Zealand, and soon after that the Yorkshire Dales, growing food in the way the most people imagine good farming to look. They farmed outside with nature, just the land, the elements and our cared for livestock. It was an amazing and valuable time and they learnt a great deal. Their beloved Yorkshire farm was abruptly sold and a new exciting opportunity landed in their laps. They moved to Kent to grow chickens for a well-respected supermarket. Soon in to their move to Kent they began to see a very different side to farming, what was once luscious grass between their feet turned to dark shed floors full of overcrowded birds. For them, this was not farming. It all felt wrong. Knowing how unhealthy these birds really were, we had to make a change, as farmers, they knew there was something they could do, and set about growing 'real food', in Devon. They pulled up to a small farm that consisted of nothing more than a wobbly bungalow with uneven floors and a few old, run down, dairy sheds. They converted the buildings in to a working farm and began farming in a way that was incredibly unusual for most meat businesses, they farmed 'naturally'. Word soon got out that these maverick farmers from Kent had landed in Devon and were farming in a way only the really ancient local residents could remember. 25 years on, they are working with 25 farms daily to produce meat to the same high standards that they set out to in the beginning. With more popularity comes the need for a support system based here at Pipers Farm HQ, as so, a team of incredibly passionate was formed.
Peter and Henri - Henri & Peter met at University, and having spent a time farming both in North Yorkshire and the South Hams in Devon, Henri joined Peter on his Father's chicken farm and was in complete agreement when they decided to change the focus of their meat production. Having been involved from start to finish, Henri has benefited from many years experience - both in terms of the farming & the refining of the Butchery style - coupled with 28 years of feeding two hungry sons!
Will - Will is Peter and Henri's youngest son, growing up amongst this farming family he has inherited a wealth of knowledge and experience. He officially joined the farm in 2009 after completing a degree in Economics & Business Management at Cardiff University. Today he oversees the day to day management of the farm and is always first in line to carry out any quality control of our products!
Fly - Fly is our young sheep dog, she is the real boss of the farm! Without her help we couldn't move the sheep to new grass, and the bullocks into fresh dry fields. She's a hero and gives a great cuddle.
Darren and John - Our two skilled Butchers Darren and John look after all of the meat here at Pipers Farm. With more than 20 years experience they have absolutely exacting standards, always preparing and trimming our meat with the best care and attention.
The Production Team
Garry - Garry is the man when it comes to making some of your favourite products. He hand-makes small batches of burgers and sausages, wraps them in our lovely branded packaging and pops them away in our freezers ready for you to order.
Steve, Liam and Emma - look after all of our dispatch elements from building your bespoke boxes to getting them to you in perfect time.
Kim - is our man in a van, he covers Devon, Somerset, Bristol and Dorset making sure that your bespoke meat box reaches you on time and in perfect condition.
The Team in the Office
You'll hear a few friendly voices in the Pipers Farm office...
Bryn is often heard on the end of the phone, looking after all customer service issues, there's nothing he can't help you with.
Zara is head of Digital Sales and Marketing. She's the one who dreams up how the brand looks and how we can always be the very best at what we do; from delivering perfect service from start to finish and creating new exciting products and designs.
Anthony is in charge of all things cheffy! He deals with all of our business to business and wholesale accounts.
Reece heads up our finance team, he's there to ensure no stone is untuned, no numbers go un-crunched.
On The Farm
Clare heads up our farm team, as General Farms Manager she is in charge of the smooth running of all our farms, from checking the stock, to organising TB tests and movement licenses. She plays a vital role in making sure that all of our animals are healthy and happy. Clare is also a writer, and so, is often writing blogs and newsletters letting you know what is happening on the farm.
Dave & Les, our hands on stockmen. You'll find them always in wellies and normally covered in mud! They work the stock, moving them around the fields always ensuring they have fresh pastures.