Southern Roots Organics CSA, Dorset, UK
We Feed the World…with healthy, nutritious food.
Dee Butterly and Adam Payne are part of a movement of young new entrant farmers who are returning to the land with the intention of making a social and environmental difference. At just 27, they made the decision to set up Southern Roots Organics Community Supported Agriculture scheme (CSA), with the mission of producing affordable, nutritious food available in their local community in West Dorset.
Based at Lower Hewood Farm, their 2.5 acre market garden, they now provide vegetable boxes to 50 households as well as supplying 15 shops and restaurants within a 10 mile radius. Also, as representatives of the Landworkers’ Alliance – a grassroots union of farmers, growers and land-based workers around the UK – they campaign for a better food system and the rights of small-scale farmers.
In any given season they produce over 50 different types of vegetables using more than 200 varieties of seed. At the same time, they want to ensure that good food is available to all. Dee says “We are farming in a time when there is such inequality in our food system and a stark imbalance over who is able to access nutritious produce and eat well. We want people to feel and know they have a right to good healthy food and we try and provide it with much care and respect to both the land and our local communities.’
Photographs by Sian Davey