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Plowright Organic

Over Stowey, Somerset

Stowey Rocks Farm is an 80 acre organic vegetable farm, situated at the foothills of the Quantock Hills in Somerset.

Richard Plowright started growing organic vegetables in 2000, delivering just a handful of boxes to Goathurst, Enmore, Spaxton and Bridgwater. Remke joined him in 2003 and together they formed Plowright Organic. From there the box scheme grew, receiving second place in the ‘Organic box scheme of the year’ awards in 2004 and being named runner up in the Somerset Life ‘best organic product and trader’ award in 2006.

Richard and Remke moved to Stowey Rocks Farm in 2006, which allowed them to expand their growing area to about 25 acres per year. They continued growing vegetables for the veg box scheme and also began supplying wholesale markets.

“Growing organic vegetables is hard work and requires attention to detail,” says Richard, “but we would not want to grow them any other way. Our box scheme enables us to produce affordable organic food on a small scale, with less packaging and fewer food miles. Our goal has always been to develop a sustainable organic system that provides good quality seasonal vegetables to local people and, in so doing, help to re-make the connection between the land and people.”