Calixta’s journey into farming began when she spent 6 and a half years working on a range of organic farms across the USA, from tropical fruit and nut production in Hawaii to farming 150 acres in Massachusetts using only working Belgian Draft horses. Flourish was founded in 2017 when she returned to the UK to grow unusual produce for chefs with her heavy horses Bill and Ben.
Initially just a market garden, the farm now grows vegetables, herbs, heritage grains, salads, flowers and fruit on 56 acres, with an ever-expanding product list as the farm diversifies more and more.
The whole ethos behind Flourish is to cultivate healthy soil, encourage biodiversity and to produce beautiful, nutrient dense food using ecological growing techniques, all supplied to the consumer directly, without a middle man.
The complexities of land preparation that exist in field scale production of vegetables has meant that to date, cereal and livestock production has been front and centre of the regenerative movement. However, a range of growers from across the UK have come together on this panel to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges that […]