Bogrow Farm is a 38 ha former croft with a mixture of imkproved pasture and rough grazing. The farm is owned and run by husband and wife team Caroline and Alec Matheson their two children. On the farm we raise cattle, pigs and sheep and have an on-farm butchery which lets us supply our products locally and online.
We are in the process of converting the farmland to organic farming practices and hope to achieve organic certification for the land summer 2020. Thereafter we intend to convert the livestock and achieve organic certification for them as well. During the conversion period we are not using any in-organic fertilisers, herbicides and are not feeding any feeds containing GM ingredients such as GM soya.
Bogrow Farm has a wide range of different habitat types and in addition to our commitment to work towards organic farming and regenerative agricultural practices we have signed a five year contract with the Scottish Government through the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme.
As part of this we have committed to manage our rough grazing to allow plants and animals in these species rich areas to flourish without too much grazing pressure.
Around 10ha of the farm has been included in a scheduled monument called “Upper Bogrow settlement and field system”. This is a settlement of seven stone walled huts and field system which can be quite difficult to see from ground level but can be seen from aerial photography.
More details on the monument can be found on the Highland Historic environment Records website. http://her.highland.gov.uk/Monument/MHG8659
Over the years Alec has always worked outside in once capacity or another having worked as gamekeeper, deer stalker, estate worker, scallop diver and offshore diver all of which have given him an ideal set of skills to start the farming and butchery business at Bogrow Farm. Alec works most of the time on the farm, but still does one or two trips a year offshore as a deep-sea saturation diver. Alec is our main butcher, fencer and livestock manager.
Caroline studied Agricultural Economics at university after a growing up living at Agricultural colleges in southern and west Africa where her parents worked. However, she went on to work in the field of Geographic Information Systems for 15 years. She left the Crofting Commission in 2012 to work full time at Bogrow Farm but still does a few land registration maps and decrofting applications to keep her hand in with the mapping side of things. Caroline takes care of all the business admin, project management and is chief sausage, burger and bacon maker.