This Friday 8th March is International Women's Day, we're celebrating all the wonderful women in farming who work hard to put the finest food on our plates.
There is no doubt we work in a male-dominated industry. When you think of farming and butchery you don't instantly picture a woman carrying out the work. We want to shake that old-fashioned image up and change the perception of women in the food industry.
Here at Pipers Farm we're disrupting the industry and are incredibly proud to have an abundance of incredible women driving our business forward, in fact, almost every department is headed by a talented woman. From female butchers, farmers and directors we're lucky to have a brilliant group of like-minded, skilled individuals who are shaping the future of our business.
"It's not an easy job, we're fighting against a daily grind of misinformation, at a time when farmers are taking a real bashing through sensationalist clickbait scandals in the media. My role at Pipers Farm is simply to share our story, honestly and with integrity, and if that means changing one persons eating habits, moving them away from factory farming, well, I've done my job." Abby Allen - Sales & Marketing Director.
As many of you know, we work with 25 small scale farmers who are each rearing ethical and sustainable food to our guidelines. Family farming requires the whole unit to muck in - literally. On our farms you'll often see three generations working the land, passing down knowledge generation to generation.
We are lucky enough to have so many incredibly inspiring female farmers as part of the Pipers Farm family, who are providing an important backbone to work and family life on the farm.
"I'm inspired by so many of the women I have met through Pipers Farm. From wives and mother's who somehow manage to juggle nurturing a busy thriving farm as well as supporting their families at every step. To great female chefs who have taken the reigns in the kitchen, changing the traditional male orientated dynamic and bringing fresh innovative ideas."
"It hasn't always been easy for me, walking into a kitchen and explaining to an experienced chef how to utilise a carcass. I'm sure when people meet me they wouldn't at first glance believe I can expertly trim a rack of ribs, or cut a steak to the perfect weight by eye.
It's taken time to earn respect in the industry, and that maybe I understand a thing or two about what comes from the land and ends up on our plate." Abby explains.
Luckily there is no shortage of female talent in food, we're proud to see so many of our peers take the stage and set such an incredible example for the next generation of women in food.
The work of writers like Joanna Blythman, fighting for the rights of small scale artisan producers. Producers like Mary Quicke, who have paved the way for other female entrepreneurs to succeed in food and farming. And voices like Sheila Dillon who create consistently thought-provoking programmes, that are not to be missed.
Read more about how we're turning our backs on industrial meat.