Mick notches up half a century on the farm

Mick Nundy of Windy Ridge Farm, Kirton Holme, celebrating 50 years in vegetable farming.
Mick Nundy of Windy Ridge Farm, Kirton Holme, celebrating 50 years in vegetable farming.

WHEN Mick Nundy started working at his family farm in Kirton Holme, he worked with one tractor and two horses on 30 acres of land.

Fifty years on, he runs a fleet of tractors to work around 400 acres of land and the farm has been featured on national television.

Things have certainly changed at Windy Ridge Farm – but that will happen in half a century.

“There has been a lot of change. When I started out, farming was a way of life and a way of making a living: now it’s like any other business. The community aspect of farming has changed as well,” Mick said.

The 65-year-old notched up 50 years service on the farm on December 19 – just before his birthday earlier this month. He said he was very proud to have reached the milestone before he was 65.

Mick’s entire life has been centred around Windy Ridge – he was even born on the site.

His father had been a farm labourer, who invested in the smallholding one month before Mick was born in January 1947. After going to Kirton Holme Primary School and Swineshead Secondary Modern School, he left at 14 to start working with his dad.

Mick’s dad died when he was just 24, and he took on the running of the farm. He has been in charge ever since, but is now joined at the helm by his son Mark.

Mick said: “It makes me feel proud that he’s interested in the business, because it’s him who will help to take the business forward.

“You’ve got to be really interested in what you are doing in growing. There are long hours, but that’s farming. The most hours I ever put in was 110 in one week, but it’s what I enjoy doing.”

During his time at the farm, Mick and Mark have taken the business from strength to strength. They now transport vegetables all over the UK and Europe, and have even been visited by TV cooks the Hairy Bikers.

Mick said their visit was a highlight of his time on the farm. He also recalled a time when he was on the front cover of a prestigious industry magazine promoting a new variety of cauliflower as a stand-out moment during his long career.

Now he has reached 65, Mick said he is pulling back from the business a little, but he will still be involved. Living on the edge of the site, he said he can wander over whenever he wants.

He said: “When growing is in your blood you can’t let go of it.”