A Week in the Life of…. Week 2 Jan 2019

A summary of our week sharing highlights from our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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This week we celebrated our UK farming heroes who have inspired us via their social media channels. They share examples of key environmental, social and economic deliverables of farming while telling their story

Social Media Farming Hero 1 Mossgiel Family Farm


Farmer Bryces positivity, ingenuity, humour and passion for nature comes across in every tweet. We love his moo-rvellous updates and we only wished we lived closer so we could buy Mossgiel milk


Social Media Farming Hero 2 Louises Farm Kitchen

louises farm kitchenLouise runs a business delivering quality diversified artisan meats from small scale producers direct to the public. Her business model is a real inspiration for us and her pictures of food always make us hungry


Social Media Farming Hero 3 Kintaline Farm

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We love posts from their ‘living larder’ and take great inspiration from their drive for sustainable living by working with and harvesting nature


Social Media Farming Hero 4Tap o Noth

tap o nothThe lovely James and Rosa educate us on selling produce via a community supported agriculture model. Their market garden is a productive natural beauty to behold


Social Media Farming Hero 5 Joyce Campbell

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We find Joyce an inspiring storyteller of farming. She is so positive and her love for her work, her community and her environment comes across so clearly.


Social Media Farming Hero 6 Smiling Tree Farm

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Christine is a powerful and positive advocate of regenerative agriculture and holistic management. Her business is an inspiration and her passion for building soil is infectious


Social Media Farming Hero 7 The Horned Beef Company

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David and Bekka are passionate about farming with nature. We love pictures of their ‘wildings’ and are inspired by what they do and how they are doing it


As an industry, we don’t celebrate what we do or each other enough. Our approach has always been to build relationships and collaborate rather compete. It’s been a pleasure to highlight the work that these great people do.

And in other croft updates….

We signed up to become members of Pasture for Life, an organisation that promotes regenerative agriculture by feeding animals ONLY grass in a way that delivers benefits for nature


Our sheep eat grass. Just grass. Grass, grass and grass. Ok maybe some tree leaves and herbs but you get the gist. And no, we’re not sampling it. It’s just a selfie with Chief Lamb Nugget


Rush hour on the croft. Hens busying to dustbathe. Highlanders looking for a spot to lie and chew the cud



Oxford Crofting

This year we were invited to share the work we have been doing at Lynbreck at one of the biggest farming conferences in the UK, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC). Our expenses were covered by the Nature Friendly Farming Network, a new charity that we are members of that seeks to represent a growing community of farmers who put nature at the core of their rural business.

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Crofter Lynn (NFFN Scotland) with Tony Henfron (NFFN Wales), Martin Lines (NFFN UK Chair) and Jon Andrews (NFFN England)

The ORFC was formed 10 years ago as a fringe event to the more traditional, established Oxford Farming Conference. In that short period of time it has now grown in size to become the largest of the 2 conferences. It brings together all food growers celebrating everything from smallholdings and community farms, biodynamic and permaculture to much larger commercial farming units.


This was a talk by Ridgedale Permaculture – a farm in Sweden which farms with nature and is impressively profitable!


Pasture for Life and Woodland Trust ran some great talks on agroecology and agroforestry


Our NFFN chair even contributed to a session on farming and rewilding

We talked at a session called ‘Farming Green puts you in the Black’. We explained how we have started up a small scale croft business where we use farming with nature to produce and sell our meat, eggs and occasional veg at a true price direct to people in our community. We talked about how we advocate healthy environment = healthy food = healthy people.

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Even Michael Gove was keen to hear what we have to say

We’re only just at the start of our business journey but it was an honour to be invited to the conference and an inspiration to meet so many fantastic farmers doing amazing things throughout the UK, supplying nutritious food to their local communities.


Bundles of tree hay!

Our take home message?

Food is all about farming

Farming is all about people

People are all about nature


A week in the life of ….. Week 1 Jan 2019

A summary of our week sharing highlights from our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Sunday 30th December

Flerd TV

We had a nice visit from BBC Alba before Christmas – they wanted to know all about tree hay! (Sorry for the grainy copy….)

Monday 31st January

Our latest butchery practice – chorizo style venison sausages (with a little pork fat for moisture). They are deeeeelicious


Tuesday 1st January

New Year Piggle Spa treatment

Wednesday 2nd January

Little Lambs. Big Sky. Wild beauty. Happy Crofters


Half of Lynbreck on tour down at the Oxford Real Farming Conference with the Nature Friendly Farming Network


Thursday 3rd January

Nature is amazing

As morning breaks….


Friday 4th January

While Chief Crofter Sandra held the fort, Networking Crofter Lynn was on the offensive at the Oxford Real Farming Conference

Networking status? Pretty high!


Saturday 5th January

Hurrah our log store is nearly full! That’s 2 years worth of a cosy cabin for us as we are totally reliant on woodfuel. Needless to say, we couldn’t have done it without the help of our Lumberchooks doing the stacking…..


*Next blog post will be an update on our adventures in Oxford!

New Year Resolutions

If we had a penny every time someone, over the course of the last year, who we have never met, has said ‘oh I’ve read your blog’, we cringe with embarrassment. Our blog updates have been shamefully poor and can only be explained as the victim of an incredibly busy 2018.


We’ve been busy filling the place with animals. Team Lynbreck grows!


And we have even won a couple of awards!

But…. that is all about to change. We’re not usually ones for New Years Resolutions but this year, we are making an exception and pledge the following to our trusty blog readers (we know you’re out there, even if we don’t know who you are….)



We are taking over a new blog account for our local town Grantown on Spey. This has given us just the kick up the (ahem) we needed to say ‘OK we are going to do this!’ So expect one, hey maybe even two blog posts a month!



Whilst we have been terrible at blogging, we have been much better at our other social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But we know that some of you don’t use those. Soooooo every Sunday we will put up a summary of all our social media posts from that week. It’s normally a picture and a sentence or 2 but gives a nice insight into ‘a day in the life of….’.

We suspect 2019 might be quite exciting so it’s only right we invite you, our virtual community, along with us for the ride

Warmest, healthiest and happiest 2019 wishes to you all

Lynn and Sandra


Lynbreck Croft 2018: The Movie

Last year, we had a short film made to introduce us, our croft and what we are about.

This year, we decided to do the same again and would like to share it with you. It gives a glimpse into our every day life, working with our animals and our environment to build soil, enhance biodiversity and produce food. We hope you enjoy it and feel free to share the link with anyone else you think might be interested.

Our film was made by the wonderful Julia Fayngruen http://www.juliafayngruen.com/

Thanks for all your support

Lynn and Sandra


Egg Club

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We’re delighted and excited to launch our latest venture called Egg Club


Egg Club? What’s that?

Egg club is a community supported agriculture service run by Lynbreck Croft whereby we sell our eggs to customers directly – from our croft to your belly.

Simply the Best……

Our girls, known as the Ladies Who Lay, spend their time free ranging through our grasslands and hedgerows. We only feed our girls certified organic pellets and grain and they spend the majority of their day snacking on grasses and insects (and anything else they can get their beaks around) from land which is free from pesticides, herbicides and any other artificial stuff or interference. When they aren’t eating or scratching around, they can be found dust bathing or snoozing in the shade. We don’t routinely administer antibiotics and we believe our animal welfare levels to be exceptional.


Hmmm, how’s it work?

We are inviting local folks to sign up to a subscription service for our eggs, beginning September 2018. We will be doing weekly deliveries to both Grantown and Tomintoul and we can either drop the eggs at your house (you don’t need to be in as long as there is somewhere we can leave them for you safely where hungry egg thiefs won’t find them) or meet you at one of our central town collection points.

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I’m interested, what do I do now?

Brill. Do one of the following and we’ll get you all the juicy detail

  1. Drop us an email to hello@lynbreckcroft.co.uk and we can send you some more info
  2. Check out our website www.lynbreckcroft.co.uk, go to Produce and select Eggs
  3. Give us a bell to 01479 870092 – if we don’t pick up, we’re probably out croftin’ so leave us a message and we’ll get back to you

Thanks for all your support to date

Lynn and Sandra

Chief Slaves to the Hens

Here come the flerd

Firstly, the length of time since the last blog post is shameful. Say no more. We think there’s good reason for that though. We always knew that coming in to Spring, the pace of life at Lynbreck was going to shift up a fair few gears.

 Flerd 4 June 2018

Well that has certainly happened, and then some. Without going into all the detail, it’s been a few months of hedge planting, fencing, building work and of course the arrival of our beasties – the flerd.

 Flerd 3 June 2018

A flerd is a mixed flock of sheep and herd of cattle. Our flerd comprises of 6 Highlanders and 5 Jacob sheep (so far). They live side by side and all come from local farms meaning that they are well used to our ever changing climate.


Cattle and hens May 2018 RESIZED

Our hens are wannabe flerd members


In an effort to get the most out of our grassland for wildlife and for our animals, we are mob grazing. Every day we moo-ve our flerd onto fresh grass in an electric fenced paddock. They stay in there for 24 hours chomping, trampling, pooping, peeing, chewing, playing and snoozing and then with a simple ‘come on’ call, they skip into the next paddock,. We make sure they take some grass and leave some grass, but all the time their impact is improving and building soil. Grazed paddocks are given a long period of rest before the flerd hit them up again.


Grassland diversity

We want grasslands bursting with wildflowers and diversity


Mineral lick May 2018 RESIZED

We sprinkle wildflower seed into their mineral lick so they literally poop flowers!



Later in the summer they’ll venture out onto the flats where, free roaming, they’ll see the summer out amongst the heather before coming back in for another sweep of the fields until the depths of winter arrive once again.



The flats. A wide open expanse perfect for a wild roaming flerd


These native breeds fit Lynbreck like a glove. They merrily munch in all weathers and their patience with their novice owners is humbling. They watch us daily as we scratch our heads trying to figure out paddock designs while getting entangled in, and even zapped by mobile electric fencing – we wonder what they must make of us.


Flora with hay on horn May 2018 RESIZED

It’s not as if they don’t have their own mishaps. In the beginning when we had to supplement their daily feed with some hay, Flora had more issues with wearing hay than actually eating it!


We’re lucky to have them here, and, we’re pretty sure they like it too