Dartington Estate in Devon is a very special place to those who know it. It has an almost draw to it for those who seek to practice dialogue with the earth. It is perhaps not surprising therefore that a number of small farmers have decided to take land on the estate on which to produce their precious wares. Old School Farm is one such place. To read more click on the post title or image.
Welcome to my journey around local, sustainable food production in England and Wales. A journey among the passionate and committed....a story of unlikely heroes.
The first time I visited Chagford Community Market Garden was a dark dank day with the mist rolling around the lower slopes of Dartmoor as the team gathered the last of the season’s leeks. In stark contrast the weather for my second visit could not have been better as a bright sun beamed out of a blue early autumn sky. One of those days when you were blessed to be alive. To read more click on the post title or image.
It [Tinkers Bubble] has to be a bright beacon of hope in what otherwise could be a depressing world. The members of Tinkers Bubble are not freaks, they are sincere and thinking human beings whose way of living offers learning and insights that all of us could beneficially integrate into our lives. To read more click on the post title or image.
One dark night in the depths of winter, many moons ago, I received an email from a one Gavin Markham asking if I was interested in being featured, with photographs from Feeding Body and Soul, in a new magazine he was aiming to launch – Locavore, a full colour magazine dedicated to local food issues. Its now here, and at special rates to FBS followers! To read more click on the post title or image.
Healthy soil and no weeds is what Charles Dowding says you get when you follow his no dig gardening methods. He uses his Homeacres site as a testament to his vision. I had to go and see and wasn’t disappointed! To read more click on the post title or image.
The family-run farm of Shillingford Organics is located on the outskirts of Exeter. Martyn Bragg’s is the second generation of the Bragg family to farm here and Martyn leads a team who grow vegetables, salads, herbs and fruit – all using methods which demonstrate a passion for encouraging wildlife and biodiversity. To read more click on the post title or image.
Martin Crawford has carried out extensive research into forest gardening – the use of permanent shrub and tree cover to a provide self-sustaining food source – and in so doing has established the Agroforestry Trust with its semi-tropical wonderland on the Dartington Estate where his ideas and practices are demonstrated. To read more click on the post title or image.
There is a saying about buses, that you wait for hours for one to come along then two come at once. In this case I’ve been working on ideas for regional exhibitions under the umbrella of Unlikely Heroes for a while but with not much to show for it, now suddenly four exhibitions have been agreed for this coming Autumn! To read more click on the post title or image.
Yes, it was August, I was sure of that,and yes these were turkeys ultimately on their way to Christmas dinner tables! Oh what conflicting thoughts started running through my head! To read more click on the post title or image.
Sarah and Ash each run one of two geographically-separate market garden sites high in the Pennine Hills above the Calderdale market towns of Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. This is really growing on the wild windswept slopes of the Pennines! To read more click on the post title or image.