Tom Pemberton | 5th Generation Farmer and Youtube Sensation
Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Pemberton and I am a 5th generation farmer based on the Fylde coast in Sunny (well not so sunny) Lytham St Anne’s. I have always been interested in the farming industry, growing up on a farm and getting to sit on a tractor with my Dad and exploring the farm when I was younger was the best thing as a young boy, my sisters and I were very lucky, we loved it! As I got older, I decided I wanted to venture off the farm for a while, to go learn and expand my knowledge about the farming industry to see if it was something I really wanted to do. Therefore, I headed off to study agriculture at the Royal agriculture college in London and it was a great experience, I learned a lot and met some amazing friends from all walks of life that had come together with one common interest, farming.
When I finished, I came home and began working full time on the farm and haven’t looked back since. Farming is my true passion and I love my cows with all my heart, my girlfriend always says I love them more than her and she might be right ha-ha. I believe in taking care of your animals and just like humans sometimes all they need is a bit of TLC because what you put into your livestock, you get back and it’s such a wonderful thing to see.
Over the last few years not only have I been farming but I have also built up a big social media platform through YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, which has grown tremendously over the last twelve months and has become a real ‘pinch me’ moment at times. I still can’t quite believe people are interested in myself and the content I post, I feel so blessed to have such amazing supporters! So how did it all start? Well, a few years ago when I recorded a video of me using the raw milk vending machine explaining how to use it and the health benefits behind it, it instantly went big on Facebook with 14,000 views and it just grew and grew from there. We started adding them onto YouTube as just a little extra because at that time Facebook was our mainstream of communication with our consumer but as I started to put more and more videos up about the farm and what I get up to day to day, Youtube quickly overtook Facebook with people from all over the world tuning in to watch, it was and still is unbelievable!
From my social media platform, my goal is to encourage younger generations to get into farming, as well as show people who don’t necessarily know much about the industry what goes on behind the farm gate. Some people just think of farming as shovelling manure and milking cows, but it is so much more than that. The work that goes into farming is massive, it’s hard work, tiring and becomes a way of life but it is so rewarding and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope I get to farm for the rest of my life, as I look forward to getting up and heading to work every morning and how many people in the world would give to have that!?
People ask me what my favourite thing about farming is and boy there are so many but if I had to pick one, it would be seeing new life come onto the farm, calving cows is such a beautiful thing and people joke I am like a midwife for cows and sometimes it feels like it. We build such great relationships with our cows on the farm as you’ll have seen if you watched my videos, there are cows that love a good scratch and a cuddle and calves that run around with happiness when I enter the pen with food or new bedding. It is a great job, the best in my eyes.
Over the last couple of years, our farm has grown from Door stop Dairy deliveries to now a Dairy and Farm Shop which is a real dream come true, since starting full time on the farm it was the progression I had always hoped for and now it’s a reality, which is amazing! Don’t get me wrong it has taken a lot of work, a decline in social life for my family and I, but it has definitely been worth it, as we are now at a point where it is a well-oiled machine, great staff, great butchers and great local produce, mostly homegrown.
Some of you reading this may already know a lot about me from watching my videos and some will have never heard of me and that’s great too because hopefully I can tell you about my life, the struggles and the wins farmers face on a daily basis. I already use my videos to tell people what I do and I feel comfortable now with a camera in my face but when I was approached by Holland clothing to do a blog, I’m not going to lie I was a bit apprehensive as it isn’t something I am overly confident with. Growing up with dyslexia and with people correcting me all the time when spelling things wrong, it makes you less interested in putting yourself out there, however as I’ve grown up and because social media has opened up so many doors for me, I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a real go. So thank you Holland clothing for giving me this opportunity and believing in me. I will be updating you all on a monthly basis about my adventures and telling you more about me. Thank you for reading and see you in a month!