Meet the Team
Richard Plowright (Plowright Organic partner)
I have always been interested in small scale organic vegetable growing, supported by and feeding a local community of people. I think it goes deep, but a seed was certainly sown in me when reading Schumakers “Small is Beautiful” years ago. The concept of community supported agriculture, which is what we do, lit a fire in me, the power of which is hard to describe, but which has provided the drive to establish this small business over the past 20 years. Before that I had worked in agricultural research after completing a Ph.D. study of clovers and one of their soil borne nematode pests, in Aberystwyth in the 1980s.
It has been an incredible journey of joy, suffering and discovery. I feel honoured to have been moulded by the land, its’ inhabitants and the weather, into an organic grower over a decade and a half of economic and climatic turbulence. I put my heart and soul into the vegetables you eat and I know that I have a team of people who are equally committed. This is not a lifestyle choice, this is serious stuff.
Remke Cool (Plowright Organic partner)
I was brought up eating and growing organic fruit and veg in my parent's garden (we also ate indoors). My brothers and I had our own patches to grow what we liked, and I remember focusing quite heavily on bluebells for some time.
It was after a spell working on biodynamic farms in The Netherlands and in Switzerland that my interest in organic farming, particularly organic livestock production, really developed. I studied agriculture at Aberystwyth, where the Welsh Institute of Rural Studies had an organic farming unit and Professor Nick Lampkin was researching organic farming methods.
I worked in organic pig production for a few years and then got a nice warm, dry office job at the Soil Association, where I met Richard. After the initial novelty of being dry and smelling nice wore off, I began to find myself gazing longingly out at the outdoors, so I happily joined Richard in his organic growing venture. We started growing part-time and delivering veg boxes to colleagues at work, and thanks to Richard's inspiring grit determination and numerous talents in all things practical, we are still growing. Over the years, the energy and enthusiasm of our team has been invaluable to help drive developments forward.
My role/specialism now, is 'veg box contents and quality control' and 'polytunnel Solanaceae training and pruning consultant', while raising our two girls but I am looking forward to getting back into the field every day. I love organic growing, taking care of our patch of land and producing delicious, healthy food.