Hardback - 256 pages
"A wide reaching, down to earth read helping people from all walks of life connect and understand the reality and the journey their food takes literally from farm, to fork. Nothing is missed." Hannah Jackson, The Red Shepherdess and Sunday Times bestselling author
"Joe is one of the most fascinating and passionate voices in farming. This book is a wonderful window into the everyday realities of food production and stewardship of the land across the year." James Wong, BBC Presenter
"A lucid and entertaining explanation of what farmers do, when they do it, why they do it… and why the rest of us should care." Charlotte Smith, BBC Radio 4 Farming Today
Food is our most intimate and vital commodity, yet too many of us have lost touch with the reality of where it comes from and how it is produced.
Providing a seasonal tour of a traditional farming year, passionate beef farmer Joe Stanley seeks to bridge this knowledge gap and inform the reader about the journey their food takes before it gets to the plate, revealing the realities of modern agricultural life for a British lowland farmer.
Drawing on a lifetime of experience, he strips observations of the countryside and agricultural practices down to the core of his day-to-day, illustrating how our food is produced and why our farmed landscape looks the way it does. Along the way, he offers insight into his daily routine, such as how crops are planted, why livestock is brought in for winter, and what happens at harvest, while addressing the bigger issues surrounding food standards, sustainability, the environment, rural heritage, trade and the future of agricultural policy outside the EU.
Often undermined as an antiquated pastime, agriculture is actually the core of a £122bn food and farming sector (the UK’s largest manufacturing industry), and Farm to Fork stands as a testament to British agriculture and the heart that goes into the food our farmers produce, the environmental stewardship they deliver and the landscape they maintain, whether through the assurance of food quality, animal welfare or environmental sustainability.
This is a wonderfully-detailed and candid account of the life of a British farmer ― of the highs and lows and lessons learned from a lifetime on the land.
The GWCT View by James Swyer, GWCT Publications Manager
This is the story of your food’ says Joe Stanley as he ends the introduction to this guided tour through a farming year. Offering a ‘warts and all’ introduction to farming and where our food comes from, Farm to Fork offers something for everyone, no matter their background.
From an explanation of crop rotation, right through to food standards, soil chemistry and beef production, Joe lays out the realities of British farming and his vision for the future. Packed with facts and figures, the book gives an insight into the hundreds of decisions affecting what ends up on our plate, how farming life has changed and how it might look in years to come.
It makes me think something new every time I sat at the dining table – who could ask for more?