INTRODUCING OUR YOUTUBE SERIES
Since last Autumn, we have been capturing what life is really like on our small dairy farm in Suffolk, via a series of short films. In each episode you will get behind-the-scenes access to all areas of our business and meet the inspiring members of our dedicated team.
All About Fen Farm dairy
We are an innovative 3rd generation family farm, aiming to set the standard for dairy sustainability. In a few short years, Fen Farm products have taken the UK food scene by storm. Our Baron Bigod cheese has become a beloved menu staple of top chefs and is known to frequently grace the tables of Royalty. Our happy herd of Montbeliarde cows graze the fertile marshland of the Waveney River Valley and we are making their nourishing milk into the finest dairy products. We are excited to introduce you to our wares!
Here at Fen Farm, we believe in the importance of connecting people to the food they eat and the farm from which it came. We also believe it is our responsibility to be excellent stewards of the land we farm and the delicate ecosystems that live here. Our mission is to become carbon negative. Almost all our energy comes from renewable sources including our unique cow-poo powered heat exchange system and solar battery storage.
Who we are
Jonny and Dulcie Crickmore
Jonny is the third generation of the Crickmore family to farm the land here at Fen Farm. He has been working on the farm since the age of four, when he would sneak out of bed at 3am and follow his Dad to the cowshed to help with the morning jobs. Now there is a little less sneaking involved but no fewer early mornings and wild enthusiasm. In Jonny’s spare time he’s the chairman of the Raw Milk Producers Association and vice chairman of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association.
Dulcie left behind her day job as a costume designer, to take part in the marketing and business development at Fen Farm Dairy.
Together, Jonny and Dulcie have diversified the original farm with the addition of a pioneering cheese and butter making business. Their focus is on making exceptional artisan products and helping other dairy farmers on their journey to diversification.
Graham and Frances Crickmore
Graham is the second generation of the Crickmore family here on the farm. He has been working on Fen Farm since the age of 8, when it was owned by his uncle, Richard Cook and older sister, Joy. Although Richard and Joy are sadly no longer with us, their hard work and legacy lives on and Graham has dedicated his working life to building a thriving dairy farm. In recent years, Jonny and Graham have together taken the farm operations from strength to strength.
Frances is a wildlife photographer, documenting the intricate ecosystems and ever-changing seasons of the Waveney River Valley. Frances and Graham met in 1969 at the tender age of 18, when he chased her home on her scooter to ask her for a date.
The farm team
These are our amazing people who get out of their warm beds in the dark and sleet in February to tend to a newborn calf. The ones who still do the same dedicated job, whatever the weather, because with livestock, you can’t give it half measures.
The cheese and dairy team
These are our curd nerds. They navigate the labyrinth of complex dairy science on a daily basis, over a cuppa, like it was just your average morning chat. These guys are a coagulation of geniuses. They are the reason our products are the very best you will find.
The people who keep us in order
When you call us up and get a really flipping nice and organised ninja person on the end of the phone, you know you have reached the FFD office team. Without them to slap us into shape, we would be lost.