North Yorkshire Moors locals through and through, Robin and Buffy never saw themselves leaving their heather-drenched homeland, taking up residence in the village of Castleton (20 mins drive inland from Whitby) with their two dogs, Bramble and Rasp. Establishing a livestock business of their own had always been a goal of theirs, and together they have grown Asquith’s from supplying their family turkey at Christmas, to a welfare-orientated business that supplies top-end restaurants such as Michelin-starred chef Andrew Pern’s Star Inn the Harbour, Whitby.
Agriculture and welfare have been constants throughout both Robin and Buffy’s lives, with their passion and drive to make a difference leading them to become keen advocates for an often overlooked aspect of farming – the social benefits of farming for the disabled.
Robin works full-time as a Manager of a local care farm and is an elected Director of Care Farming UK. He was also a 2016 Nuffield Farming Scholar and a finalist in the prestigious 2015 Farmers Weekly Farm Manager of the Year Awards. Buffy works full-time for NFU Mutual and takes an extremely active role in Yorkshire-based agricultural discussion groups.
What they say:
“At Asquith’s, we believe in the wider positive impact that Yorkshire produced meat and agriculture can have in offering constructive work placement opportunities to adults with specific needs.”