Just before Christmas, our reporter Holly and newsletter editor Aimee sat with Viv and Istvan, as they were taking a break from plucking, to talk to them about their future plans. Viv and Istvan were at Church Farm for nearly two years, and have returned to Hungary to get started with their own small farm.
We asked many questions, about their time here and their future plans. Viv worked in horticulture, the farm, box scheme, the shop and café and on many weekends cared for the Rural Care animals. Istvan has been working on the farm, driving tractor, caring for pigs and cows and poultry, and preparing poultry for Christmas orders. They were happy to talk to us about their future plans.
Holly asked them if they have enjoyed their time at Church Farm. Istvan answered,
….sometimes good or bad, in two years, working 6 days a week. When we look back in five years, we will be smiling, not crying.
When we talked to them they were preparing to leave. Viv enjoyed cooking while she was here, and there are many reports about wonderful cakes she made for birthdays and other occasions. She said she had much to pack up from her kitchen here. Istvan said she can’t take everything with her!
They have many things in their caravan to send home by trucks. They have to pack up things and send 75kg. They have a 100 year old house with their land and yes they did to enjoy lots of cooking and things to put for their Christmas. In their future to get married in June and to hope to have three or four children. They will work really hard in their life with their children to grow up with their animals. They will start to grow vegetables as well as the animals are the best with a good place to stay to watch the views on their farm. They are making their own plans for their own farm and they will start with the smaller animals: two guinea pigs, rabbits, two dogs, mixture of animals, pigs, goats, poultry with the eggs, ostrich, honey bees in their new areas.
Viv and Istvan both grew up with animals and growing vegetables, so for them it is natural to go back and get started with their own farm. Istvan said that he thinks a farm is a good place to raise children, and they are both looking forward to starting a family soon.
To Viv and Istvan: You all hopefully to have a nice time and we all see you all some point and we hope you all to have a nice time there and over Christmas and New Year and don’t forget about us and Church Farm too. We all miss you here at the farm. Thank you for your hard work, smiles and cakes!
To all our readers: Merry Christmas and New Year and Happy New Year to you all and your children from Holly.
—Holly and Aimee