ABOUT US

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Gretchen…

Cookery School Owner, Farmer & Mum of two!

  • Hotel & Catering Management Degree in 19….. cough cough!
  • London Career for 10 years, Creating & Managing Events plus Managing Restaurants – an amazing fun filled 10 years where I learned so much!
  • Back Home… Business Development Manager for M&J Seafoods and I had children and stayed at home with them until my youngest went to pre-school. I was still busy developing recipes though!

‘How did you end up here?’ (Here meaning Netherstreet Farm)

Netherstreet Farm is a Crown Tenancy Property with my family being tenants since 1889. When my father was ready to retire it was a choice of giving the farm up or one of us 3 children taking up a Tenancy with the Crown.

I started my company Jack & Maddie in 2013 and I was looking at ways to expand. In 2015 I was teaching a course I had developed in schools and looking at the possibility of taking over the farm meant that I could expand as well as live and farm in the place that I absolutely loved. The Farm Cookery School was born in 2016 and my Jack and Maddie team and I create and run all the events and classes within the school

In September 2021 also took over the sole management of the Farm and together with my Netherstreet Enterprises Team we farm 360 acres of Land and look after our herd of 70ish Galloways. We are proud to supply home grown Galloway Beef to the local community from our Click and Collect Farm Shop.

So that’s me, but there are other members of the Jack and Maddie Team that are absolutely vital to the success of The Farm Cookery School….

The Jack and Maddie Team

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