Sustainability at The Story Pig
We work off green energy, which means we have no grid connection. All our electricity is generated using solar panels, discreetly installed on our barn roof.
All our pigs are free range and unlike the vast majority of farmed pigs, ours live outside all of their lives. We are proud to farm using the very highest standards of animal welfare.
Recycling and waste
We are always looking for ways to reduce waste. We encourage our customers to recycle in our recycling bin. We also use recyclable coffee cups, recycle glass bottles, our napkins are made from recycled paper, we provide biodegradable wooden utensils, and we use many used coffee cups for planting lavender cuttings! Glass bottles from local suppliers are usually returned for reuse and we recently invested in good quality, durable glasses for the cafe.
Local ingredients and suppliers
As a pig farm as well as a cafe, we use and butcher our own, extremely fine pork. All our pork products are made using meat we have produced to the very highest welfare standards. We use pork fat in our soaps as well as our own lavender.
Wherever possible we use many of the excellent products from fellow local producers and suppliers. We use Longmans butter, cheddar cheese from Montgomery’s, bread from Oxfords bakery, beers from Cerne Abbas Brewery, soft drinks from Luscombe, Bruton Dairy milk.
We aim to support small local producers, and we sell a range of local products including Somerset Honey, Old School House jams and preserves, apple juice from neighbouring orchards, Marston Magna cider vinegar and products from local artist Lucy Tidbury.
Wherever possible we use herbs, flowers and vegetables grown in our own garden. Our herbaceous garden is planted with large numbers of flowers and is a haven for pollinators and insect life. We use digestate made from waste, we well as our own pig dung for mulching our garden
Local community engagement
We aim to support and enhance the local community. We host work placements for students, encourage cyclists and walkers to visit and weekly yoga sessions are held in our gardens with our spectacular views across Somerset. We also work with Communifit to encourage participation in fitness activities in the local community. And we’re proud to engage in educating about farming and the importance of high animal welfare standards through regular talks by James the farmer about our pigs and our hosting of Open Farm Sunday.
COME AND SEE US
Eat, drink, relax and soak up the homegrown hospitality and spectacular west country views at our Dorset lavender field café – every visit brings joy.
Friday – 5pm-8pm open pizza night
Saturday cafe open – 10am – 2.30pm
Sunday cafe open – 10am – 2.30 pm