About Us & The Farm
Graham & Ruth Eggins moved to Bryher in September 2015 with their 3 children, Sam, Lizzie & Martha. Hillside is a small mixed farm continuing the tradition of growing delicious fresh fruit and vegetables, rearing our own cattle for beef, keeping free range hens for eggs and bees for honey. At the same time striving to create a diverse habitat rich in wildlife. We work closely with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and have been inspired by the nature friendly, regenerative agriculture movement to create a farm that nourishes and sustains its wildlife as well as being productive. Our farm may appear a little wild around its edges but this is just how we, and the diverse and growing population of wildlife love it to be.
Our vegetables and fruit are grown from seed on the farm and picked early every day to ensure that the produce on the stall is at its freshest. We do not use pesticides on any of our crops, and follow a minimal dig philosophy, allowing wild flowers, grasses and nature to live alongside us.
Our cattle are North Devon cattle, a traditional breed, known for their gentle temperaments and hardiness making them perfect cattle for Bryher. They are conservation grazers, causing minimal damage to land whilst encouraging diverse species habitats, we use a rotation system of grazing that promotes diverse grasslands so you will see our cattle moving from area to area regularly. The beef they produce is recognised internationally for its quality. Naturally maturing, grass fed, the beef has excellent marbling and texture, flavour and tenderness is second to none.
Our beef is available to purchase direct from the farm. If you wish to pre-order our meat please contact Graham by clicking here.
Our hens lead an idyllic free range lifestyle, with no predators on Bryher, they live out all the time only coming inside to lay their wonderfully tasty eggs. We collect and sort the eggs by hand daily.
In 2017 we purchased our first bee hive and started a colony of Black Bees from Tresco Abby gardens, we now have three hives. We hope that the introduction of these native bees will help with the pollination of our crops and the wildflowers of Bryher and produce fabulous honey.
Staying at Hillside offers visitors, not only the chance to enjoy beautiful Bryher, but to experience being part of the only truly mixed working family farm on Bryher.
We run farm tours throughout the season and open the farm for Open Farm Sunday, please see our facebook page for updates or email Graham by clicking here.
We are very excited to tell you about our new business, Scilly Chilli, we have always grown chillies here at Hillside Farm and sold them to visitors either as fresh chillies or as Ruth's delicious Chilli Jam. We now grow 1000 (give or take a few) plants and make lots of great products which make fantastic gifts, please head to www.scillychilli.co.uk for more details and to purchase them,.
Ruth also produces and sells watercolour paintings inspired by the coast and sea around Bryher. Her hand painted cards and artwork is available at www.wildwriter.co.uk where you can also follow her blog about Island life, wild swimming and being creative.