We’re a small family owned business operating on the edge of Bodmin Moor between St Neot and Dobwalls, Cornwall. Cath along with sons Richard and David launched Penhale Pantry in 2022 to provide the local community with quality produce.
After an early introduction to farming, Richard has farmed on our family farm since a young age and is now the fifth generation farming. Richard qualified from Duchy College in 2007 with a National Diploma in Agriculture and worked to purchase 60 acres of land soon after to begin the farming enterprise with cattle and sheep. In 2015 Richard expanded his farm by 220 acres to create a more viable farming business.
Berry Bowden Farm based near St Neot is a low input upland farm, farming 1000 Perindale Ewes and 50 Welsh Black Cattle with areas of rough ground and marshland dedicated to re-wilding. The farm is of relatively depleted grass therefore, only suitable for grazing however, it is our ambition to improve this each year by reseeding fresh grass seeds.
Our sheep are finished at North Penhale Farm based near Dobwalls, due to the healthier and mineral rich ground conditions. This reduces the need for supplementary feeds which creates a more sustainable way of producing quality grass-fed meat.
Following a 15-year career in Agricultural Sales, Cath works closely with Richard across both North Penhale and Berry Bowden Farm.
Cath has kept a small flock of Poll Dorset Ewes from the age of 15 and heads our family operations.
Dave successfully ran and delivered a carpentry and joinery business for 10 years and has since begun working with Cath and Richard to establish and launch Penhale Pantry.
We as a family recognised the need in the local community for less commercialised food production with a lower impact for the environment. Dave is now managing and operating Penhale Pantry in partnership with Richard and Cath.
To operate in a low impact and natural way providing the local community with quality produce with minimal food miles. We pride ourselves on high animal welfare, responsible countryside management and to support local farmers.
As a small business it is incredibly important to us that we work to build a more sustainable future. We feel it is our responsibility to try and limit the waste production where possible, particularly with our packaging.
We are really proud of our new packaging and are pleased to say any plastic tray we use is made from recycled plastic and is recyclable at home for your convenience and peace of mind.
We recycle our paper and cardboard packaging is either recycled or reused… this is just the beginning.
Our stance on food miles is simple. Within our community there are many dedicated farmers breeding, rearing and growing high quality produce. By working together we can eliminate the high food miles that larger suppliers are currently providing and we can support local businesses whilst encouraging growth and development within our local economy.
We’re excited about the future with many projects planned for you and the community. We plan to increase our sustainability further through generation of our own power through solar and rain collection.
Follow us on our journey as we strive to support the local community through a sustainable way for both our land and our environment.