Dissatisfied with the “halal meat” available in the UK Ruby and Lutfi Radwan dreamt of starting their own farm. In 2002 they took the plunge, quit their teaching jobs, sold their house, bought a 45 acre plot of land in Oxfordshire, installed a caravan… and so began Willowbrook Farm! To read more click on the post title or image.
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.
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.