Strawberry Fields is an organic oasis ten miles north of Boston, Lincolnshire. Started as a self-sufficient dream back on a housing estate in Hertfordshire, the inevitable bills were an incentive for Pam Bowers and family to begin selling the surplus vegetables (organic of course), and one thing led to another!
The business is a real family affair, with sons Clyde and Dicken second generation organic farmers, daughter Bryony responsible for the payroll, and eldest son, Jade, drawing up the end of year accounts. They have been farming organically since 1975, clinging on tight through the organic roller-coaster of three decades – and through some tough times – cutting their own niche on just 38 Black Fen acres.
The environmental sustainability of the farm is evident from the snake eggs in the manure pile, the frogs in the celery field, the family of weasels playing beside their own-established hedgerows, the goose nesting in the spinach, and the young leveret who regularly turned up as they harvested lettuce.