About Us

John Atkinson

I have farmed in Nibthwaite my whole life however my farm practice has changed over the years as I became more aware and interested in conservation farming. I am passionate about producing the best quality meat in a natural and sustainable way. In my mind this comes from animals being reared outdoors on permanent pasture providing a varied and wholesome forage. I am a committee member for the Federation of Cumbria Commoners, the Dry Stone Walling Association, Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle Society and the Rare Breed Survival Trust Cumbria Support Group. I am also a member of the Luing Cattle Society and the Castlemilk Moorit Sheep Society and I am on the Board of Directors of Grizedale Arts.

Maria Benjamin

I previously worked as an artist, film maker, film editor and creative producer. However, working on the farm takes up most of my time now. My main role on the farm is diversification and education. I am a member of the British Lop Pig Society, Castlemilk Moorit Sheep Society and Teeswater Sheep Society. I am Secretary for the Rare Breed Survival Trust Cumbria Support Group and I am on the Board of Directors of Grizedale Arts.

We are both advocates for environmentally sustainable welfare-friendly farming.