Andrew Dennis farms on the fertile Lincolnshire fens in an area known as South Holland. Situated five miles south-east of Boston the farm consists of level silt fields which were reclaimed from the sea by the monks of Crowland Abbey some nine hundred years ago. This is a landscape of wide-open skies and colossal skies – ‘all sky and geometry’ the poet John Clare once said.
Andrew's 690 hectare farm is mixed organic, meaning he grows vegetables, arable crops and keeps livestock. The fertility and structure of the soil is enhanced by their cattle, turkeys, sheep and chickens, all of whom play their part in their traditional crop rotations. The soil is grade one alluvial silt, ideally suited for vegetables, especially brassicas for which the area is famous. The farm is a popular feeding ground for sea birds: lapwings, shelduck, herons and numerous white-winged gulls. Hares abound, bright-eyed, spry, as brown as the soil.
Having won awards including Organic Producer of the Year, Organic Vegetable Producer of the Year, and BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, the farm's philosophy is to farm in a way which is socially inclusive and sensitive to the natural world.