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Countrystride #88: FORTY FARMS – Food and nature at Low Sizergh Farm which we visit one of Cumbria's most visited farms, Low Sizergh Farm, in the company of owners Richard and Alison Park, and photographer Amy Bateman. On a farm tour taking in fruit-laden hedgerows, diverse meadows and Richard's organic dairy herd, we celebrate the launch of Amy's 'Forty Farms' book and consider the state of Cumbrian farming in a time of profound change. Taking the long view of divers challenges and opportunities, we learn how Lakeland farmers are making space for nature; we ponder the link between food and community; and we ask what advice our farmers would give to the new secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs.

The ivy-clad farmhouse at Low Sizergh Farm.

A full line-up for the day: from left, Amy Bateman, Dave, Alison Park, Mark and Richard Park. – Photo (c) Amy Bateman.

From left, Alison, Mark, Dave and a curious cow. – Photo (c) Amy Bateman.

Mark and Alison. – Photo (c) Amy Bateman.

Mark, Richard and the Low Sizergh Farm organic dairy herd. – Photo (c) Amy Bateman.

Dog – Photo (c) Amy Bateman.

Diverse and colourful herbal ley. – Photo (c) Amy Bateman.


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