In 2003 Robert and Heather came back to Yorkshire, via Cheshire, from their careers in Dorset to have a family. This was with the intention of bringing their children up on the farm and to avoid the farm been sold, by building the farm shop and diversifying the farm. Jacob and Harry arrived in 2002 and 2005 respectively and the farm business has changed dramatically, now becoming a real part of the Yorkshire Community, it’s maybe even considered one of the smaller jewels in the crown of Yorkshire.
Robert and Heather are fourth generation farmers and you never know, Harry and Jacob, maybe together will become fifth generation farmers. Farming is definitely in their blood as Jacob is currently studying at Askham Bryan College of Agriculture with plans to go to Harper Adams. Only time will tell, but rest assured the Copley family will be there to support them both in whatever avenues they take. We decided to open a farm shop at Ravensknowle Farm as we were both farm advisors in our previous lives. Robert specialised in the breeding and feeding of cows and livestock with Genus, HST Feeds and Thompsons of York and Heather as an Agronomist (arable and forage crops) with Pearce Seeds, Spunhill Farm Sales and later in a marketing position with C21.