Hello! Here's a little bit about us....
We are Richard and Nicola and we live just across the yard from the CL site, in the barn and former stables which we converted ourselves and where the working shire horses were once stabled and we used to lamb sheep in what is now our guest bedroom! We live here with our our trio of mad Springer Spaniels, Connie, Reba and Zak.
Whenever we manage to escape from work we like nothing better than getting outside for a good long walk.....and we mean long! In 2017 we walked the Dales Way - 82 miles in 6 days - and in 2019 completed the Cleveland Way which ended up being 105 miles in 9 days.
Skybarn Farm is small by modern standards - 165 acres of arable land growing a mixture of wheat, barley, beans, oilseed rape and sugar beet. Richard’s grandfather bought the farm in 1928, his mum grew up here and Richard spent all his school holidays helping his uncles and aunts with their farm work, learning to drive a tractor and reverse a trailer at a very young age. So do shout up if you need help pitching your caravan.
We took over the business from his uncle Dick in 1992, raising our two children, Holly and Callum, here and farmed the land ourselves until 2018 when sadly it became commercially unviable for us to continue as such a small enterprise. We now rent the land to Tony and his son James who are the perfect tenants and always happy to share information about what particular job they are doing. Do give them a wave if you see them!
Skybarn Farm has seen many changes over the years. When Richard was a boy there were dairy cattle being milked in what is now our garden. In later years we raised beef cattle and sheep but now we only have three geriatric ducks for the very occasional scrummy egg.