We show that small-scale ecological farming can work in today’s economy. Sustainably managed smallholdings provide low-impact livelihoods, regenerate marginal land and produce good food for local communities, increasing sustainability and resilience, and improving ecology and biodiversity for future generations.
Our work centres on the development of ecological smallholdings, but the impacts of our work reach much wider than this. Our creation of ecological holdings also:
- Demonstrates a model of collective ownership that can protect and enhance the land, based not only on ideas of conservation, but on producing a living and working countryside
- Contributes to, and strengthens the growing community of individuals and organisations committed to fostering the skills, knowledge and solidarity to allow the land to sustain us as we head into unpredictable times.
- Provides research and impetus, through our site monitoring, to strengthen campaigns for land reform.
- Improves planning policy by providing evidence and examples of the multiple benefits of low impact, ecological land use which should be embraced and legislated for.