Sark Dairy Trust
A truly mooving tale...
For decades Sark had been self-sufficient in milk and cream, until the dairy farmer had to retire and no-one could be found to continue the business. That's when a group of like-minded residents got together to try and save the Island's pastoral landscape and milk industry from being lost forever.
The Sark Community Dairy Charitable Trust was set up in August 2019, with the aim of providing the infrastructure of a dairy to be leased to a suitable farmer who would supply the herd and run a dairy business.
With land secured, we launched a public appeal for £480,000 in the spring of 2020, little knowing that we would immediately find ourselves in the middle of the Covid pandemic...
Finding our whey...
Despite the circumstances, by August 2020 almost 75% of the public appeal had been raised, sufficient funds to commission the building. The first sod was turned on the first anniversary of the setting up of the Trust.
Dairy farmers Jason and Katharine Salisbury moved to Sark to run the business and supply delicious Guernsey cow milk and cream to the Island once more.
The last 100k of the funding campaign will take us to the finish line and we have been busy with lots of fun events; Bake off, Jumble Sales, Promises Auction and Raffles. We have now also launched our 'Heroes Campaign' to seek specifically support from other businesses.
Meet the Dairy Trustees
The valient team of Sark residents and Sir Richard Collas from Guernsey who saw a problem, developed a solution and brought it to life for the benefit of the community.