I identified several problems and wanted to find a solution to them:
- Excessive food miles
- Heavy reliance on unsustainable, plastic packaging
- Use of petrochemical fertiliser for food production
- Forgetting how our forefathers grew food
- The system that ties so many into cheap, processed and imported food
- Obesity, in part, due to poor diet
- The lack of knowledge about food. Where it comes from, how it’s treated and how it’s wasted
There are, of course, challenges to this. On a practical level we will work alongside nature to till the soil and gather rainwater to irrigate the fruit frees without the use of mains water. Let’s use the great British weather to our advantage! There’s also various pests to keep away from our tender plants. We want to do this biodynamically, using companion planting. The pests from one plant will be eaten by the pests of its neighbour. We know this is going to be tough but I am a very stubborn man. This is going to work.
I am a commercial farmer and I plant seeds every year and raise animals to best practice guidelines. It is on a large scale, involving heavy machinery. Nothing grown on this farm is eaten in this area. Some things end up in Egypt! This will be on a smaller scale and much more specialised.
We are High Barn. You are High Barn. We are farming for our community. High Barn are going to ethically produce your local food needs. Local food for local people.