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.
Swapping a geographically local market of some 2 to 3 million for the 20-odd thousand who live in a small town in west Wales, at first sight doest make any sense. But that’s just what Adam York did when he moved to Manchester to Cardigan to set up Glebelands Market Garden. To read more click on the post title or image.
Gerald Miles farms land just north of St David’s on the extreme western edge of Wales. He used to be a dairy farmer, but when diminishing returns forced his son to make his living away from the farm, Gerald decided to set up a Community Supported Agriculture scheme offering organic vegetables to the people of St David’s. Now, that CSA is sufficiently robust for Carwyn to return to manage it! To read more click on the post title or image.
I hadn’t intended doing a post on a visit to Yorkley Court just shortly before the eviction. However, looking at the images from a rain-sodden day with no-one around in the garden, there is such a poignancy – a foreboding almost of what was to come from the nature itself – that I feel a post is warranted. To read more click on the post title or image.
It would seem a little corner of Dorset is somewhere which attracts very special people. Whilst staying with Pat Bowker at Ourganics, I was privileged to also meet two of the real pioneers of organic farming – Josephine and Arthur Pearse of Tamarisk farm. They started growing food there following organic methods over 45 years ago! To read more click on the post title or image.
Just outside of Bridport in Dorset is a location which not just feels, but I believe actually is, quite spiritual in its engagement of those fortunate to have been able to wander around. Its the site of Ourganics Evolving Systems. To read more click on the post title or image.