What are we about here at Peelham Farm ?
We are a 607 ac organic, family-run farm located close to the Berwickshire Coast in the southern Scottish Borders with exquisite panoramic views of the Tweed Valley, Cheviot Hills, Lammermuirs and the North Sea.
The farm business partnership of Cayley Walton Partners has evolved and adapted to change since its original formation in 1990 between Chris and Denise Walton and Amanda Cayley. Angus Walton, Denise and Chris’s son joined the farm as farm manager in 2015 and became a business partner in late 2016. Chris, Denise and Angus are the Managing Partners of Finance, Food and Farming respectively. Amanda though still very active is retired (or at least that was the plan......you will never catch Amanda 'sitting-back' other than during Cheltenham Racing Week or Wimbledon) !!. To add greatly to the 'Family Force' Angus’ wife Helen and their baby son Blake. Currently on maternity leave, Helen is our Sales Manager.
The re-invigorated partnership brings more energy into its creative vision to farming, loving and trusting Peelham with compassion and care for the land, its livestock, its customers and its team. In practice there is overlap between the farm and the butchery with the partners sharing jobs and challenges and solutions and many-a-laugh (and the odd cry !!).
In its organic on-farm butchery, smoker and charcuterie facility the Peelham Family produces meat from its own livestock (pasture-for-life beef, veal (ruby veal), lamb and mutton; free range pork) for its meat cuts and joints, and to make its organic charcuterie, salamis, sausages, burgers, bacon and hams which it supplies direct to you the consumer.
In addition to the partners, the farm and its butchery sustain at any one time, a working community from the locality of 6-8 people. Its team on the farm, in the butchery and in the office is the Partnership's most valued and respected resource.
Iain Methven, Steven Clarke, Ryan Crawford are our three Craft Butchers with apprentice Archie Wight. Between them with Denise they manage the air-dried and cured meats and raw-production. Iain, Ryan and Steven have recently achieved their SVQ3 in Butchery Management under the caring auspices of Scottish Meat Training. Training has also included visits to Udine in Italy with Chris and Denise to work with artisan salumieris to learn the essential craft of charcuterie production ... and of course how to relish the eating of it accompanied by carefully selected wines !
Val Watson is our Food Production Technician dealing primarily with cured salami management and despatch (the sending away variety !).
AND .... at the essential hub of it all in the office with our Helen is Judith Thompson Office Administrator who manages the books and keeps us all in-line !. And we cant forget Seamus ..... though round, tubby, hairy and sometimes a little smelly .... is the general Office Morale Co-ordinator and would answer the phone if he could ! He manages Jasper and frequent visitor Alfie - when he fancies !
Our Mission Statement
"The farming family business partnership of Cayley Walton Partners, is an integrated, organic farming and food production enterprise, selling meat from its farm and through its butchery direct to the customer. It delivers clear provenance and promises high quality with minimal environmental impact. It aspires to excellence in land-management, animal care, environmental stewardship and customer service. It believes that its most valuable resource are its employees and seeks continuously to ensure an open, fair and fulfilling working relationship with each of them as the first foundation of a successful business”.
The Peelham philosophy: ‘Sustainable self-reliance’
The Peelham motto: ‘Love the land, Love the animal, Love their produce’