On Sunday 19th July myself and The Little
Goatherd visited the lovely area of Chagford on the eastern
side of Dartmoor for a course on cheesemaking. Our hosts were
Sylvan and Davon Friend at Chagfarm, (Chagford Community Farm CIC).
Over the course of 4 or 5 hours we were able to turn goats' milk
into excellent halloumi and ricotta without needing a lot of fancy
hardware or complex skills. I can certainly say that this can
be done in the kitchen at home.
It was a blisteringly hot day on a south facing slope.
Chagfarm was also hosting an open day at the time and, since
cheesemaking involves periods of 'just waiting for things to
happen', we were able to take the opportunity to look at the
livestock of goats, pigs and chickens and at the detail of the
Also on the same site is part of Chagfood,
(Chagford Community Market Garden CIC) which supplies vegetables to the local
community. The productive rows of vegetables all maintained
with horse drawn equipment were very impressive.
We had a very informative day in beautiful surroundings with
excellent company (and lots of bread and cheese at
lunchtime). I think it's true to say that these organisations
and their members and workers are leading pioneers in the sphere of
community supported agriculture, not just
technically but also in marketing and distribution. If you
fancy an interesting day out then visit their websites for details
of open days and courses.
(Images: Chagford Community Farm CIC, all rights reserved)