SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED
Pammy and Ritchie Riggs are the forces behind Providence Farm in Holsworthy, Devon.
With 17 acres, it’s a small farm but a busy existence, supplying their organic farm shop, visiting regular farmer’s markets, fulfilling a busy mail order meat and poultry business, hosting educational school visits, running farm industry-related training courses and winning plenty of ethical awards – including finalists in 2009’s RSPCA Good Business Awards.
A great deal of the beef and pork produce along with much of the poultry that they sell is carefully raised on Providence Farm itself or from local, tried and trusted farms. Providence Farm pride themselves on a commitment to higher animal welfare and they are in no mood to compromise.
Providence Farm has been 21 years in the making this year and Pammy is justifiably proud of the organic, ethical legacy that she and Ritchie are building on their homestead.
“Our woodland, planted in 2001 towers over our heads now and is the carbon neutral fuel source used for winter warmth, hot water and cooking in the house that Ritchie built,” she says. “Our land is part of the Culm grassland that supports wonderful wildlife.
“At present there are Red Devon cattle, geese, ducks and chickens for eggs and meat as well as a couple of dogs and a cat, the vermin control patrol and of course we live here too.
“The Farm Shop is open all day from Wednesday to Saturday, 9 - 5.30 and our little poultry abattoir is where our home-grown birds are 'dealt with'. It is very important us to take responsibility for making sure that the creatures in our care have a hatch to dispatch relationship with us whenever possible. The bigger animals go to an old fashioned tiny abattoir only 15 miles away.”
Get to know Providence farm by visiting their website, ordering some produce or, better still, popping in if ever you’ve a reason to visit the beautiful Devon countryside www.providencefarm.co.uk
Did you know?
“Pammy and Ritchie must be the most committed poultry farmers in the country and they have a gift for producing the very finest meat…”
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (TV’s Mr River Cottage)