Bogrow Farm is family owned and run by Caroline and Alec Matheson with help from friends and family. We didn’t plan to be farmers and were really just looking for a slightly bigger house and a field for our ponies! Then we came to view Upper Bogrow in 2011 and somehow ended up with a lot more land and a smaller house that needed completely renovated. On February 29th 2012 we took ownership of Upper Bogrow and although the journey has had its ups and downs we are really pleased with the way things have turned out. We have learnt a lot, followed our passions and are really pleased with our developing charcuterie business.
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 before leaving 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.
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.
Bogrow Farm is a 38 ha former croft with a mixture of improved pasture and rough grazing. On the farm we raise cattle, pigs and sheep and have an on-farm butchery which lets us supply our products locally and online.
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