The rolling countryside around Chagford, on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon, is the stuff of picture postcards. This is traditional, rural, south-west England. It’s also home to Ed Hamer, a radical young farmer, a land rights activist and the driving force behind a pioneering community-supported agriculture (CSA) scheme – Chagfood, based at Easton Cross, just outside Chagford – that’s attracting attention because of its rejection of conventional, oil-based farming methods in favour of traditional horse power.

Chagfood supplies seasonal fruit and vegetables each week to local households, who pay ...


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