Simon Fairlie

Simon Fairlie


Simon Fairlie worked for twenty years variously as an agricultural labourer, vine worker, shepherd, fisherman, builder and stonemason before being ensnared by the computer in 1990. He was a coeditor of The Ecologist magazine for four years until he joined a farming community in 1994 where he managed the cows, pigs and a working horse. He now runs a micro dairy at Monkton Wyld Court, a charity and cooperative in rural Dorset.

Simon is a founding editor of The Land magazine, and he earns a living by selling scythes. He is the author of the new book Going to Seed: A Counterculture Memoir (2022) as well as Meat: A Benign Extravagance (2010) and Low Impact Development: Planning and People in a Sustainable Countryside (1996).

Simon Fairlie In Conversation

Breakout Tent

Simon Fairlie speaks about his new book Going to Seed, a counterculture memoir about his life in environmental activism and radical food production, as well as his journey to becoming a farmer, land reformer and a founding editor of The Land magazine. Simon’s path had been laid out for him by his father: boarding school, […]