This is the archive site for a journey around small scale farmers and food producers across England and Wales. There are over 150 visits documented here across more than 70 different farms.
The emphasis here is on small-scale growing for local markets. The aim, to be physically – and mentally – regenerative of self, earth, and community,
Nobody told these people to do this. Nobody has made them do it.
They are doing so as a personal decision to live the world they want to create. To take charge of their lives. The ecological and well-being crises that we face are nestled within crises of truth, democracy, and political leadership. Their story is a story of individuals not being defeated, one of people individually taking action in the interests of personal and global well-being.
Counter perhaps to our intuition, the yield from these small, local operations is capable of generating enough food to feed us all. Extrapolate the yields across the available agricultural land in the UK and the calculations indicate more than enough capacity to healthily feed the 70 million plus of us. The need for factory farming is, it seems, yet another myth. Moreover, in such a shift of emphasis we would create around six million small entrepreneurial farming businesses.
A story of body and soul.
There is also a book documenting my journey. This is currently on offer for UK dispatch at £25 including P&P.
The book of my travels documents over 70 of my visits with a double page spread for each visit and in so doing traces the calendar year across the small-scale, sustainable farming scene in England and Wales.
The book has over 150 pages of full colour images, plus there is a Foreword from Colin Tudge, probably best known as founder of the Oxford Real Farming Conference but is also a well-read author on environmental and food issues (His most recent book Six Steps Back to the Land is very much a call to arms for small-scale farming) and Stephen Devlin from the New Economics Forum has provided a very insightful essay specifically for the book on the wider economic issues around food. In total, there are 160, A4 landscape pages, all carefully printed by the Dorset Press of Henry Ling Ltd. in Dorchester.
You can buy the book direct from here using PayPal. Just hit the ‘Buy Now’ button. If you would prefer to pay by bank transfer or cheque, please use the order form at the bottom of the page and I will provide details to enable you to do it. (For UK P&P is included, please use the form below if outside the UK and I will quote)