Did you know that a third of the sheep in Britain & almost a quarter of its cows live in Wales? You only have to look at the beautiful mountains and valleys to understand why this unique environment is so well suited to farming and why meat from Wales has a worldwide reputation for quality. Graig Farm Organics, based at a farm in stunning Montgomeryshire, continues the Welsh tradition of tasty, award winning produce.
The farm in Mochdre, Montgomeryshire has been in the same family since the 1940's, and Jonathan Rees, the proprietor of Graig Farm Organics, has lived there all of his life. The farm is very much a family affair, with Jonathan's parents continuing an active role, and his wife Sally and three young sons, Maldwyn, Max and Archie, also involved!
For many years, Jonathan has had a passion for organic farming. It was his dream to produce great tasting produce without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, growth promoting drugs, routine use of antibiotics, and the large amount of additives often used in 'non-organic' methods. In 1999 the family achieved their ambition to farm organically, and have not looked back since. They take pleasure in watching their lambs and cattle graze on lush pastures full of grasses, clovers and herbs, and the pigs forage in the woods
In 2002, a purpose built cutting plant was erected on the farm and Jonathan and family began supplying some of the best restaurants in the country. The Dorchester in London was one of their first major clients.
Jonathan and his family have won a series of prestigious awards, including the 'True Taste' awards, in recognition of the quality of their organic meat. Welsh lamb is argued to be the best in the world and the Rees' have won awards for their lamb five times. This year they won the Silver Award for their organic lamb, and last year achieved the top prize for their organic sirloin of lamb.