About Us

Simon, Emma, Oliver and Oscar would like to welcome you to our family run, tenanted farm on the Derbyshire/Staffordshire border.

We have a commercial flock of 24,000 free range laying hens and a small flock of sheep along with some other animals, our shop and butchery. Our trademarks are an 11kw wind turbine, which can be seen from the A38 and our 200kw PV system, which help to reduce our impact on the environment.

We have a small but perfectly formed team of experts working at Betty’s Farm. We are also joined on a regular basis by work experience students.

Our four aims are to:

  • Achieve high animal welfare
  • Employ locally
  • Reduce our impact on the environment
  • To be part of the community


Betty’s Farm was a greenfield site back in 2009 being used for arable production. It was bought by the John Bowler Franchise and converted into a free range laying hen unit in 2010 run by Emma and Simon Ruff. Emma started selling eggs from a trestle table every Saturday and this led to the shop which opened in 2011. The farm shop is named after John Bowler’s mother, Betty.

Back in June 2012 we decided to rent the whole farm and since then Simon has joined the team permanently to help on farm and to develop the butchery.


We are proud to share our farm with our customers and have extensive plans to develop our farm and shop further in the coming years.