BRITISH FARMING IS often said to be in crisis. News emerges regularly from the countryside of farms closed down and sold off, farmers driven out of business by superstores, villages declining and the traditions being lost.

But there are exceptions, and one of the most significant happened earlier this year. Fordhall Farm, near Market Drayton in Shropshire, was saved for organic farming and for the community on 1st July 2006. Faced with a possible hostile buyout, the third-generation tenant farmers, Charlotte Hollins, 24, and her brother Ben, 21, together with many volunteers and supporters, set ...


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