Adversity and Passion
Tragically, Tim lost his father when he was only 15 years old. Tim grew up in the days before health and safety and he well remembers the times his father came home covered in mercury powder that had been used as a seed conditioner. It was Tim’s belief that this and other now banned farming techniques contributed or directly caused the untimely death of his father aged only 48 years old. Tim consequently became a proud and enthusiastic advocate of the organic way and doing things naturally. We continue this to this day.
Pick’s Organic Farm is Formed
By 1999, Nicky had a young daughter (Sophie) and was keen to ensure that she did the very best by her, this included making sure she fed her only natural foods. Through these passions and experiences Tim and Nicky formed Pick’s Organic Farm in 1999 to further the cause of the organic movement and to give the local folks an ability to buy naturally produced organic food.
They wanted to get back to the traditional market garden style of farming and Tim had many years’ experience of pig husbandry and so the starting point was rearing some organic pork. They accompanied this with some organic vegetables. Quite quickly they realised the perils of organic farming and lost nearly the entire crop in year one due to pigeons eating it. With help from other organic farmers (they’re a friendly bunch who are passionate about forwarding the cause) they grew and developed and were able to develop their techniques.
They were able to sustain the farm and most of the sales were done from the farm gate, with some pork and other products.