The Importance of Community in the Agricultural Workplace
Butlers Larder - 2020
As the global Covid-19 pandemic hit in the early months of 2020, supply chains broke down and getting food became a challenge. To ensure that those who were vulnerable had access to food we pulled together essentials boxes initially. However, we quickly realised the effect the pandemic was having on local businesses as well as the public and so we rallied around and pulled together an online offering of local produce from the North West. This, we named Butlers Larder.
This delivery food service quickly became an essential source of food for those in the North West and provided a lifeline to small businesses who had seen their sales disappear overnight.
Butlers Larder continues to provide a wide range of the best makers and producers from the North West. It's a project we are particularly proud of, and we're grateful to those who are involved - customers, producers and our team who pack and deliver.
The Blacksticks Blue 10k
Annually for the last 12 years (excluding 2020/2021) we have sponsored the Blacksticks Blue 10k road race through our local streets. The BSB10k is a fun race for aimed at all standards, but over the years we've seen a few pro's gracing the streets of Longridge.
In 2019 we celebrated the 10 year anniversary which saw record entries and lots of fun had. During 2020 and 2021 the race was postponed due the The Covid-19 pandemic although we hope to see it return in 2022.
Whilst being extremely beautiful and perfect for dairy farming, being out in rural Lancashire did have its drawbacks technologically. In 2018 we took the opportunity to sponsor the installation of superfast broadband lines for the area all around our dairy (without troubling grazing cows), ensuring those living in the area could finally get online with the kinds of speeds those living in more urban areas enjoy.