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Us and the farm

Bwlchwernen Fawr is a 130-acre farm situated about 10 miles from the Ceredigion coast, West Wales. Originally as a member of a commune, then tenant and now owner, Patrick Holden has been based at the farm since the early 70’s. In the early 80s, Patrick became increasingly involved with the organic movement, specifically the Soil Association – where he is now Director. The Soil Association is the UK's leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health. It was here he met his wife, Becky, who now runs the farm as well as bringing up their 4 young boys – William, Ben, Harry and James.

Bwlchwernen Fawr has been under organic stewardship since 1973, which makes it the longest standing registered organic dairy farm in Wales.

In 2005, while visiting Bwlchwernen, Patrick suggested the idea of developing a cheese on the farm to his son, Sam and Sam’s wife Rachel. The idea was appealing enough for them to give up careers in London and head West.

In addition to Sam, Rachel, Patrick and Becky are Andrew – long-term farm manager, and Lucia – our cheesemaking assistant.

Bwlchwernen Fawr frequently hosts groups of local schoolchildren as part of the ‘Learning on the Farm’ initiative. The visits, organised by family friend and former farm owner Nick Rebbeck, allow schoolchildren to tour the farm and learn about environmental issues and food production.