Among the projects and plans I have for 2019, the start of a year always fills me with energy and renewed drive to build on the work we do at Daylesford: to continue to care for the health of the planet and to safeguard it for future generations.
When I founded Daylesford and turned our family farm over to organic farming it was because I wanted to make a change and to make a difference, however big or small. It felt like the right thing to do – the only thing to do, for the sake of the health of my family but also for the sake of our planet and its future.
Decorating our Christmas tree and making the house look festive is one of my favourite times in the weeks leading up to the day itself – I love the ritual and sense of anticipation that accompanies those traditions.
Over the course of this year, as the spotlight has been shone on plastics and reducing global waste, the fashion and clothing industry has in turn also come under increased scrutiny. As consumers we are finally beginning to ask more questions about the way our clothes are produced, the waste the fashion industry generates and the impact this has on our planet.
We host a wide range of events for budding artists and crafters at the farm but I wanted to share some imagery from a workshop we held this week, which I found particularly beautiful and inspiring.
Since I started out along the path towards farming organically, I have been passionate about protecting our bees. Bees are life’s essential pollinators and without them we would no longer be able to grow and produce our food.
Every day we each make small choices that can have an impact on our environment. Of course, choosing to buy and eat organic produce, or grow our own food, is one choice I believe can have a far-reaching effect on our planet and its future, but another that is closely related are the products we use to clean our houses. It’s something I’m very passionate about.
Towards the end of September or early October, the daylight fades and the autumn equinox, heralds the transition to the new season, a time which has also traditionally been marked by celebration.
This season, the collection is focused around rich, natural tones, which have been inspired by the plumage of British birds, from dark raven blacks and tawny browns through to lighter snowy whites.
To many people, particularly in this country, the simple act of putting the kettle on to make a cup of tea is a ritual that instantly soothes, comforts and calms. And I confess I am very much of that belief.
One of our core and founding principles at Daylesford is the belief that we need to farm for the future, to protect the land that we work and the soil that nourishes our produce so that we are not the last to feed our families and enjoy its bounties.
In the weather we’ve been having recently, I just want to eat something light and very refreshing in the evening so a simple consommé is perfect. It is also a dish that sums up the way I like to eat in the summer, placing a very seasonal ingredient – beautiful sun-ripened tomatoes – at the centre of the plate to let its flavours shine.