Post from 29th November 2013
ECT tenants Sam and Helen Wade have been commended by the Soil Association for their contribution to organic food and farming.
The couple, who run Eastleach Downs Farm on the Trust’s Hatherop Estate in Gloucestershire, were among 15 farmers and growers recognised nationally for their dedication to the organic movement.
Sam and Helen received their award from Soil Association President Monty Don, pictured, at the association’s annual conference in Westminster. Soil Association chief executive Helen Browning praised the award-winners as “pioneers behind the organic food and drink market.”
The Wades rear free-range organic pork at the 317-acre farm. But they say the real pioneer was the Hatherop Estate’s previous owner, the late Sir Thomas Bazley, whose conversion of part of the farm to organic production pre-dates the Soil Association.
Helen and Sam have farmed there for 21 years and converted the rest of the land to organic in 2000. “We are very pleased to be recognised in this way,” said Helen. “Organic farming is certainly not an easy option but we are convinced it’s the way forward.”