The Beginnings of
It all began back in 1986. After seeing 5 acres of good land come up for sale in a local newspaper, farm founders Jayne Arnold & Julian Eldridge decided to start producing quality organic vegetables for the local community. They bought an old 1964 Ford Super Dexta, a plough, a few seeds and got stuck in. A few years, a few more acres and a couple of kids later they were running one of the first organic vegetable box schemes in the country, delivering fresh and healthy produce to local households.
33 years on, what was a bare field is now a thriving and productive farm. With wildflower rich pastures, no-dig vegetable gardens, orchards and tall hedgerows full of birdsong, Oxton Organics has become a haven for wildlife and people alike. Most recently, Jayne & Julian's son Jake has returned to the farm that raised him, bringing a wealth of new ideas and strategies to keep the farm growing for another generation.
Although the methods may have changed, the fundamental idea, that food can and should be produced in a way that nourishes human and non-human life alike, has remained the same, and the Super Dexta is still running.