Mark Lea

Mark Lea


Mark Lea’s farm in Shropshire has been organic for 20 years with a system inspired by the belief that sustainability requires diversity. The rotation is mixed with clover leys grazed by sheep, and cropping which includes milling oats, peas grown for Hodmedods and 20 different milling grains for direct sale to millers and bakers. Companion cropping, cover crops, agroforestry and an on-farm stonemill all contribute to the resilience of the farm. In the past most crops other than clover leys have been established with a plough and combination drill system but trials with clover living mulch and direct drilling are showing potential to allow substantial reductions in cultivations.

The End Is Nigh, The End Of Nitrogen

Agricology Discussion Tent

Nitrogen – With rising costs, growing limited availability and well documented impact on the environment, farmers want to reduce the use, but can the sector facilitate, adapt to, and support this move? Chaired by Dr Alastair Leake (Director of Policy at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust) , this panel session will discuss the impacts […]