Wakelyns 2022: Evolving The Agroforestry Trial Site Through Short Food Chains & Enterprise Stacking

Kellogg's Origins Soil Tent

Ann & Martin Wolfe started planting the pioneering organic rotation agroforesty system at Wakelyns in 1994. They ran it as a series of scientific trials until Ann’s death in 2016 and Martin’s in 2019 by which time it was internationally renowned for the innovations it had showcased.

David Wolfe (along with his wife Amanda) and his brother Toby have since been evolving one of the oldest and most diverse agroforestry systems of this kind anywhere into a sustainable agroforestry community based on short food chains and stacked enterprises.

With an on-site bakery closely integrated into the farming and fruit growing, with the RealVeg group producing organic veg boxes on a CSA model, and with The Woodland Haberdasher and Willow Phoenix using wood and other produce from the fields, we are gently working to maximise the productivity, biodiversity and human benefits from our 56 acres. And there is scope for lots more – more ideas always welcome.

As well as growing the YQ and Q wheats developed at Wakelyns, we’ve this year drilled three sorts of lentils, flax, hemp, a range of ‘heritage wheats’ and an experimental oat population. Scientific collaboration with the Organic Research Centre and a range of university scientists ensures that Wakelyns remains at the heart of learning and research.

David and Amanda see their role as being to facilitate and enable the wide and varied talents of the community of people now living and working at Wakelyns.