Food, Farming and Countryside Commission

Prioritising the good: fruit and veg

By Oli Baker

Mora Farm, Liskeard, Cornwall

What started off as a hobby growing fruit soon turned into an 11-acre market garden supplying soft fruit and vegetables to London restaurants and an organic box scheme.

We are focusing on increasing soil carbon, soil biology, reducing tillage, and growing healthy food in our certified organic system. The goal of the project is to show an example of a sustainable, biodiverse and economically viable small farm that can produce good yield and provide a rewarding livelihood to its employees. We are lucky for our relationship with our wholesaler Natoora, who work with us to plan cropping and provide us with a reliable market at a fair price. I am hopeful for the future of small farms to feed into larger food systems. There is a resilience in modular systems. Social media, particularly Instagram, has become a useful tool for the small farm movement, connecting an otherwise lonely and often isolating profession. I hope that Mora Farm proves to be a long-term viable success, but we still have a way to go to get it there and it shouldn’t be classed as such quite yet. I feel thankful and proud to be part of a bunch of people taking a fresh look at alternative ecological small-scale food production.