Hilltown Organics is the name of Martin and Sara’s small market garden on the edge of Dartmoor where they grow some of the organic vegetables sold at the Harvest Workers Coop shop in Okehampton Devon. They are also a CSA, planning a food access, solidarity veg scheme.
We work the land paying close attention to nature and the life of the soil and always work towards creating a natural balance so that we need to intervene the least possible. We are certified by the Soil Association as organic growers, but we do much more than not using chemicals! We look after the soil with the conviction that the health of the soil is the key to healthy plants and nutritious vegetables with their whole load of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, naturally full of goodness.
We are developing our site following an agroforestgry model and using no-dig methods. We have no-dig raised beds of polycultures between avenues of trees and grow mixing crops, herbs and flowers. We also have chickens and ducks which are part of the system, and do great work clearing land, eating pests and leaving behind valuable manure.
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a partnership between farmers and consumers in which the responsibilities, risks and rewards of farming are shared.