Down Farm is Henry Allison’s family farm, and Olivia James joined him here in the summer of 2016. It is a 90 acre mixed farm used for pasture, rearing cattle, growing silage, and now the market garden which occupies 3 acres of the total farm.
Henry has been working on organic farms across the South West since graduating from Brighton University in 2011, including completing the Soil Association‘s Future Growers apprenticeship scheme at Daylesford Organics.
Olivia studied at Sussex University, and later at King’s College London, specialising in Environmental Politics and Economics. She then went on to qualify in Practical Horticulture at urban growing projects in London, Stepney City Farm and Walworth Garden Farm. Whilst in London she was working in various sustainability organisations that specialise in waste management including food redistribution charity FareShare.
Together in 2015 – 2016 they went working/wwoofing on farms in the UK and Australia learning about everything from commercial scale fruit production, small scale fruit picking, creating permaculture systems on marginal land, to using permaculture to transform bush land into a profitable business.
Now together they are running their own organic market garden, just outside of Winkleigh in Mid-Devon.