'Farming Oscar' for family championing local food
A long-standing organic farm in Devon has collected a prestigious award at a ceremony dubbed the "Rural Oscars".
Pipers Farm, near Cullompton, was named as a champion of the UK and Ireland in one of just five categories in the Countryside Alliance Awards.
The business picked up the Defra Local Food category on Wednesday from Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The family firm was praised for its "passion" in championing local food heritage for a quarter of a century.
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"The energy and passion of the Greig family leave you feeling very excited about the future of food and farming – anything is possible here," judges said. "Not only is the commitment to animal welfare, great taste and the local community paramount, there is also an encouraging glimpse into the future."
Founder Peter Greig, is a self-taught butcher who experimented over many years with different cuts until he was satisfied.