Shon was born on this farm, the very house he still lives in now. Having completed the Royal Berkshire College of Agriculture and done some forestry work, Shon came back to Rother Valley to set up the first line of Aberdeen Angus beef to Waitrose. In the early 2000s the Spracklings started to convert to organic – to this date the biggest conversion the Soil Association has seen.
Our first meat box scheme then followed, and we began working with other local farms we trusted to source a variety of meats. The farm itself is still organic but we mostly sell free range, high welfare meat and organic chicken. Organic beef is still available in bulk as beef burgers, mince and meatballs to schools and caterers.
Sam, our current business manager, came on board to think outside the box, to grow our wholesale business – supplying schools, and later universities such as The London College of Communication, Greenwich University and the iconic Central St Martins. Seeing the faces of students happily scoffing our organic burgers has been one of our proudest moments yet.