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How It All Started

AboutĀ four years ago we came to the sad conclusion that we were not making enough money from the time and effort we were putting in to our pig and dairy herds. Continuing disease problems coming out of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak at the begining of the century together with the high cost of feed was the problem with our pig enterprise. The low price of milk coupled with labour problems finished our dairy herd.

Once all the animals had gone the farm was very quiet and sad. Our traditional farm buildings were still in good repair and were great for calving a cow or housing a poorly pig but were totally unsuitable for modern arable agriculture.

The problem of what to do with them was solved by an advert which I saw in the Beverley Guardian. Artist requires studio to rent. This was the start of Calf House Studios.

The artist in question was Peter Brown. He was an advertising executive who was relocating in Beverley and wanted a studio to rent for his stone carving business. From his studio at the farm he creates tactile and beautiful stone sculptures to his own designs or for comissions. It proved to be the ideal location for artists. A friend who was looking to restart her art career soon followed with her wonderful acrylic paintings. One thing led to another and we now have seven resident artists. They all teach as well as creating their own work.

We were able to turn our weakness, remote quiet location with poor internet service into a strength as this was what the artists wanted to help develop their careers.

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The swallows are leaving the farm

It’s the time of year where the swallows are preparing to leave the farm. They are still raising their second brood and are busy feeding them.

There were 20 chattering away on the phone wire this morning. It will make life easier on the farm as we were having to keep all the doors and windows shut on buildings where we did not want them to nest.

Lynnda from Oak House Studios has a prime view of the swallows favourite collecting point. I hope the chattering does not disturb her creative thoughts as she is busy preparing for another television appearance.

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