Richard Smith is a passionate organic farmer and producer, who believes strongly that organic farming methods have a huge role to play in feeding our ever growing population in a healthy and sustainable way.
Richard grew up on a large mixed farm in Northamptonshire and after leaving school worked in the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland, where here he developed a real passion for livestock farming. He then spent several years working as a farm manager in Cornwall before emigrating to New Zealand in 1992 where he farmed beef, sheep and deer and specialised in the production of meat from grass-based diets.
Richard returned to England in 1999, where shortly after he took up the post of Farm Manager for the Oxford University Estates. In 2005 Richard was appointed Farm Manager here at Daylesford Farm and now oversees agriculture both at Daylesford and at our sister estate in Staffordshire. Richard is passionate about breeding livestock fit for the environment in which they are expected to live and be farmed, and that self-sufficiency is achievable. Richard believes Daylesford Farm is without doubt one of the most forward thinking and innovative organic farms in the country and he is driven by the production of honest, transparently produced organic food.
Richard doesn’t like to have favourites, but he’s confessed his favourite animal on the farm is ‘Peglards Lola’, a beautiful Gloucester cow with a particularly friendly nature.