In 1960, Dick and Babs Honey* moved to Upper Midford Farm with their seven sons and one daughter. In the early years this was a busy dairy farm, never short of workers – paid and unpaid – all with enormous enthusiasm for the stock, the farm and this beautiful valley.
Once most of their children had flown the nest, Dick and Babs retired to a small holding in Pembrokeshire. The farm in Midford passed through the three eldest sons, stopping with Bob – son number four – who happily juggled farming with running his business in concrete until he took early retirement in 2008.
The farm is now devoted to rearing beef and to growing apples for Honey’s Midford Cider which is made by Bob Honey and his daughter Jules Coles (nee Honey), the second and third generation of Honeys in Midford. This combination of enterprises complement each other as the cattle graze under the trees and provide fertility to the orchard soil, and are then fed each autumn with the apple pommace once the juice has been pressed. They love it!
Jules has two daughters who have been brought up to treat the farm as their second home, and who have their own love of the land. Maybe one day it will be Honey & Daughter & Granddaughters!
* Babs became well known to the farming community throughout the country, by her regular ‘Babs Honey’s Diary’ which featured in the Farmers Weekly throughout the 60’s and early 70’s, and for her cookery books.