We now have the fifth generation of our family working with apples, which started in 1927 when William Brice bought Mockbeggar farm in North Kent. He was a pioneer and became one of the top fruit farmers in the country. His son Joe Brice continued the great work and diversified just before the 'invasion' of French apples in the 1970s. I can remember driving round the farm with him during holidays, testing the fruit to make sure it tasted good! My uncles, Simon and Peter Brice, expanded the work until they retired, when my brother, John Myatt, took over and still farms on the original site with his daughters Alex & Hannah. They continue to win awards for their fruit.
Although we are now based on the edge of Oxford, we are still involved with apples - planting as a carbon offset programme, tending & then pressing fruit to make craft cider & apple juice through Oxford Farmhouse. Our apple juice won a Great Taste Award in it's first year. We also lead Oxford Vineyard Church, and believe God has given us a mandate to care for his world.
The Myatt side of our family has been traced back to 1430 - generations of farmers. So you could says it's in the blood!
William Brice inspecting several tons of mulch on the farm.
Andrew & Mandy met at the Royal Agricultural College where we both studied farm management. We felt God redirect us & ended up in Oxford leading Oxford Vineyard Church. The cider, apple juice and carbon offset, have been a fun addition to what we do.
The photo behind shows the farm workers proudly displaying winning fruit from the late 1920's.