It's goat to be done!
A bright pink van and neon pink hair makes Isabella Ward stand out from the crowd in the local farming scene.
The Scottish native is loving life in Gortahork, where she runs her own organic goat meat catering van and petting farm.
Her products are delicious, and we’re not kidding!
At Bellaville Farm, all Bella’s goats are hand-reared on her free-range farm. Her exhibition van is often seen at local food festivals, but she is best-known for offering a special food experience for visiting families right from her own site.
A city girl at heart, Bella swapped high heels for wellies three years ago when fate led her to buy her Donegal farm.
“It was a bit random, I was looking for a house and land for my own pets when I found out about a 30 acre farm for sale. It just happened by chance, I bought it and I decided to put myself through an agriculture skills course. I just graduated a week ago,” she said.
Bella went down a unique road by making burgers with the goat meat. She works hand in hand with the local family butchers every step of the way to ensure they are the best quality.
Bella explains: “I have four products, the goat burger, the goat and pork link sausage, the pork sausage and this year we are making lamb burgers.”
The newest additions will be launched at a Taste of Donegal Food Festival from 23rd to 25th August.
At home, she explains: “Everything comes out of a little snack van on site. We open on Saturdays and Sundays. You can come along to the farm and just chill out with the animals, have a picnic, just be at one with mother nature and spend time with your family,” she said.
Bella prides herself on using no machinery and no chemicals – just good food and fun for families in West Donegal.
Bella currently has goats, a horse, miniature horse, donkeys, sheep, pigs cats and dogs on her farm.
She said: “Everything from my van is reared on the farm. So there’s no chemicals or no machinery. I farm the farm by hand with a wheelbarrow.
“It’s a nice place for the community to come and chill out away from technology, away from the hustle and bustle of life.”
The farm is currently undergoing some upgrades, but it will reopen from mid-July. Families can visit between 12noon and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
If you’d like to visit Bellaville Farm, just call up to the farm on Cashel Hill, Gortahork after mid-July. You can contact the Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/Bellavillefarm/
Keep an eye out for Bella’s pink van this year at Sult Festival in Gweedore, Taste of Donegal in Donegal Town, Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival and the Dunfanaghy Food Festival.