Harleston farm diversifies to survive future

An farming family from Harleston are diversifying their business by building a farm shop and cafe to

An farming family from Harleston are diversifying their business by building a farm shop and cafe to ensure Hill Farm continues in the family for generations to come. Nathalie Lewis her partner farmer, Kevin Renaut and his sons Josh and Matthew. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

A family has taken on a new venture to make sure their farm can continue for future generations.

Kevin Renaut, who runs Hill Farm in Harleston with his father John, and his partner Nathalie Lewis are diversifying the business by building a cafe and farm shop.

The farm has been in Mr Renaut's family for four generations. It was a dairy farm until 1997 when it became a free range chicken farm.

On the 50 hectare farm there are 18,000 hens, 30 beef cows and 25 sheep.

The farm is known for selling its free range eggs and it is their popularity which Mr Renaut, 39, said first gave him the idea to build a farm shop.

He said: 'Farming is up and down and at the moment we are in a lull. We needed another income stream. We have had it in mind for several years and only in the last two-and-half to three years have we pushed and gone on with it. We want to make sure the farm keeps going on for future generations.'

Broken Egg Cafe and Farm Produce will open in September and there will be a focus on meals people can eat with their children and the use of local produce including the farm's animals.

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Miss Lewis, 39 and who will run the Broken Egg, said: 'It is exciting. We have a fantastic chef and he has come up with some fantastic ideas. We want people to interact with the animals and farmer. We will also have a pets corner.'

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