Every time you go shopping you shape the future of the planet. Why? Because under industrial farming we have only 60 harvests left, it’s destroyed 75% of our fauna, it’s toxic chemicals are entering our water supply and its confined animals are factories for anti-biotic resistant bugs. But it will only exist as long as its products get bought. There are ways of farming which improve the land year on year, which create life and diversity, grow real food and secure the future for those that follow. There farmers are out there who are doing it. They take risks , developing new ways to grow and fighting to preserve locally adapted seeds that the agricultural corporations are copyrighting and declaring illegal. To support them, all you need to do is to buy great food. It might be a bit more expensive but if we paid the real price for our industrial food, these natural alternatives would be far cheaper.
Nature, the worlds finest farmer, ensures her ever bountiful harvests by feeding the soil with a huge diversity of plant and animal life. In our fields we do the same, rotating over 50 plant varieties, cattle and poultry, preserving woodlands and restoring hedgerows. We work with horses rather than tractors to preserve the fertility we’ve created. Each year we go into the fields and hand pick the best seeds to be resown. This way our heritage cereals and vegetables become perfectly adapted to the farm and give our crops their unique flavour.
At our farm, after only 4 years (not even the beginning of the blink of an eye in terms of natures timescales) we can see that given a chance, nature comes roaring back. It’s clear that an agriculture which provides health, nutrition and diversity is readily achievable. Our belief is that the only way to affect this change is to provide working alternatives.