In 2013, after 15 years in an office, Martha’s midlife crisis involved selling her mini and buying a pick-up truck and three pigs as part of a new smallholding venture. She took over 15 acres of land in the hills outside Abergavenny, where she spent time as a child on her grandparents’ farm. In the last 4 years, Martha has established a small breeding herd of pigs and a growing free-range meat business – The Decent Company. Her rare breed pigs live on pasture and in old woodland, free to roam, root and forage. She believes pigs should live outdoors – the majority of British pork comes from pigs that do not – and that small scale farming has an important part to play in sustainable farming and living.
Martha now has a life she could not have imagined 6 years ago; working with animals, customers and supplying local food businesses. Whilst it’s harder work than anything she’s ever done, the connection to the land, animals and community is deeply satisfying.