Who are we?
We moved back to the Isle of Wight in 2017 with a dream of producing food in a way that benefitted our local community and the environment. Prior to this we both had careers as Rural Surveyors in the Cotswolds but found ourselves increasingly inspired by smaller scale, local food producers and in the principles of regenerative farming and market gardening. The seeds of change were sown, and when the opportunity arose to return back to Francesca’s family smallholding those ideas took root.
A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself
Franklin D Roosevelt
Our experiences of conventional farming left us seeking a way that high quality, nutrient-dense, food could be produced while also improving biodiversity, soil health and preserving the highest standards of animal welfare. It has become increasingly apparent that soil degradation (and the resultant pollution), loss of nutrients in our food and emissions of carbon dioxide and methane are huge issues that must be tackled.
we believe that it is possible to meet all our human needs whilst restoring soils, ecosystems and communities
Our aim for the Modern Kitchen Garden is to provide a space to experiment and model various types of regenerative farming practices whilst producing food for our local community. For any system to work it must regenerate the land and enhance wildlife, whilst also being productive, financially viable and fun!
In 2019 we started to sell our no dig vegetables through Ryde Farmers’ Market and were overwhelmed by the positive response we received. Unfortunately due to the pandemic we were unable to sell through the market in 2020 but have enjoyed a great season of local deliveries.
This year we also welcomed our flock of free-range, pastured hens who have been busy improving our pasture while providing delicious multicoloured eggs with bright yellow yolks!
We are passionate about promoting and encouraging small scale regenerative farming. If you are interested in starting your own project, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.