ANN Storer, co-founder of the award-winning Baylham Rare Breeds Farm, has died after a long fight with cancer.
She died with her family by her on the farm that had been such an important part of her life.
Her husband Richard praised the care she had from St Elizabeth Hospice, Ipswich, and added: “For the last week she was at home and there was a Hospice at Home service with nurses on call.”
Ann and Richard began farming in 1985, with a few rare breeds of sheep, goats, cattle and pigs. She is pictured right with the first lambs born at Baylham in 1988.
In a few years, Richard retired from the RAF and the number of animals increased as their hobby became a business and the farm opened to the public.
Under Ann’s direction, a farm shed was turned into a shop and a garage to a kitchen, which Ann developed into a bustling cafe.
Ann, 76, was particularly proud last year when they won the annual Suffolk Tourism award for the Best Attraction in Suffolk for the third time.
The farm remains a family business with her son Neil and his partner Christine part of the Baylham team.
Richard said the farm would open to the public as scheduled on February 18 for lambing.