Coleshill is a quintessentially English village close to Swindon, just about on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. Much of it is owned by the National Trust in the form of the Coleshill estate. The village has a long history which is extended into the 21st century by the presence of Sonia Oliver and her Coleshill Organics business! 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.
Romanesque cauliflowers have to be some of the most visually wondrous crops to come from the British countryside. And what a blessing the factory farming community don’t seem to be interested in them! Late autumn cauli and general brassica cutting at Organic Pantry near Boston Spa was a delight to behold.
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Regeneration of a bit of inner city Bradford lies at the core of Horton Community Farm – a project aimed at ‘community’ in the heart of Bradford To read more click on the post title or image.
In complete contrast to my day at the Lammas project, the next day took me to a farm producing organic, grass fed beef and lamb and, whilst done with compassion and caring for a fragile environment, very much a commercial operation. To read more click on the post title or image.
It is difficult to describe the numbness I felt on learning that whilst I was celebrating the Lammas project with recent posts on three of the smallholdings in the project, one of the nine homes at Tir-y-Gafel was being raised to the ground in a ferocious fire. To read more click on the post title or image.
As the sun’s embers gradually faded, there was time on my visit to the Lammas project in Pembrokeshire for another homestead plot to be explored before nightfall. This time it belonged to Melissa Holloway and husband. To read more click on the post title or image.
Raspberry picking in glorious afternoon sunshine, a massive – and beautiful – cob-built greenhouse and willow all around, growing, cut, soaking, and woven! Just a few of the ingredients of a magical few hours at Plas Heyg, the smallholding where Cassie and Nigel Lishman live in Pembrokeshire. To read more click on the post title or image.
Centred on the small village of Tir y Gafel, located in north Pembrokeshire, the Lammas project has been created to pioneer a visionary model for living on the land through which its participants are enabled to explore what it is to live a one-planet lifestyle. In so doing it demonstrates that alternatives to current mainstream are possible here and now. To read more click on the post title or image.
Al Bryer and his partner, Lucy, took on the creation of CwmCou Organics back in 2013. Its a small farm of seventeen acres of pasture and woodland outside Cwmcou village, and a couple of miles from Newcastle Emlyn. In other words, a long way in many ways from anywhere but its another example of what can be done when land is reasonably priced and there is a responsive community around you To read more click on the post title or image.
Tom O’Kane has been growing organic and biodynamic produce in community settings for the last 20 years. He is currently Director and Grower at Cae Tan Community Supported Agriculture project just outside Swansea on the Gower peninsula. As such he is as much involved in reformulating how the local food system works as he is in the simple supply of local food. To read more click on the post title or image.