driftwood fired Rayburn. We managed our own water supply, had a generator for electricity and composted all our waste. We had no toilet so that was composted too! We learnt very quickly not only how to do these things, but perhaps more importantly, what was worth doing and what was not. We aim for a similar level of self sufficiency on our current holding.
The Autumn of 1998 saw us move back to the mainland to take on our own holding, Ty’n-Y-Mynydd
Farm, on the Llyn Peninsula. Since then we have expanded our farmed area from just over twenty acres, to a peak of almost two hundred in 2005, whilst remaining true to our ideals of self sufficiency and sustainability.
We now find ourselves bridging the divide between the smallholder and farmer, which has enabled us to take sound commercial farming practices and adapt them to suit a smaller scale enterprise.
We are now offering an advisory service to smallholders. This is something that has gradually evolved from the contract shepherding we have carried out for many years - much of our sheep work has been on smaller farms, with the result that we have often been called back to advise on other aspects of a self sufficient systems.