Sara Cross, vegetable grower
Gold Hill Organic Farm, Dorset
Sara first became aware of organic on a trip to a remote Indonesian island which grew all of its crops organically. Sara wondered why the same wasn’t being done in England and, after returning home, was keen to put what she had seen into practice. Three decades later, Sara and husband Andrew grow over 80 different varieties of organic vegetables on their farm.
Imagining what life would be like if more farms went organic, Sara says: “The knock-on effect is great. There’ll be less pollution in our water, we won’t be so reliant on the oil that makes pesticides, and we’ll have fewer big lorries going down small lanes to deliver those pesticides”.
On why she believes certified organic is important, Sara says it’s all about the trust and transparency that people get with the organic logo. And for people thinking about trying organic? Sara’s advice is simple: “If you can, buy direct from a farm! People will be really surprised at how good the prices are. The first stop is finding a local box scheme or farm and you’ll be amazed at how much variety organic growers have.”