The FARMERS

Southern Roots Organics is managed and run by a co-operative of farmers and friends of the field.

We are proud and active members of the Landworkers' Alliance - a grassroots union for small scale farmers and land based workers.

To learn more about us keep on reading!

Dee Butterly


I have been farming at Southern Roots Organics in 2016.

 

Before farming in the south west of England I co-founded and co-ordinated ‘The Hermitage Vegetable Garden’, a community garden and therapeutic horticulture in Edinburgh for three years.

 

I was also a founding member of The New Leaf Coop - a workers co-operative unpackaged wholefood shop in Edinburgh. The project focused on creating ethical, sustainable and nutritious procurement and distribution supply chains, and supplying healthy, local and affordable food to local communities. 

When not working in the fields at Southern Roots, I work for the Landworkers' Alliance as membership coordinator and projects develop officer. Prior to this I coordinated a People's Food Policy, a grassroots initiative developing food and farming policies based on the frameworks of food sovereignty, agroecology and the right to food in England.

Whilst I have lived in the UK for the past ten years I am from Ireland. I have a background in both agriculture and anthropology and am passionate about agroecology and the production and transference of intergenerational knowledge in rural farming communities.

Adam Payne


I have been farming at Southern Roots Organics since 2016.

I learned the craft of organic growing from Organiclea, a workers’ cooperative market garden on the edge of London. I worked there for four years, first as a trainee grower and then coordinating harvest and distribution.


Before moving back to the south west of England I farmed in Poland for a year and was involved in establishing Ekopoletko, a market garden near Krakow. 

As well as being part of the Southern Roots Organics team I am currently managing Lower Hewood Farm and it’s livestock production. The farm is a certified organic live stock farm which produces high quality pork and lamb. Southern Roots Organics rents our 2.5 acre site from Lower Hewood Farm. 

I am a founding member and am elected to the coordinating group of the Landworkers' Alliance and am responsible for overseeing the internal governance and financial management of the union. In 2016 and 2017 I was part of the coordinating committee of La Via Campesina in Europe and was involved in international campaigns on the right to land and seeds.

Theo Brown

I joined Southern Roots Organics in 2018.

Previous to this I worked at Organiclea, a 12 acre community market garden in north London for four years. Organiclea is a workers cooperative and I was responsible for site development and infrastructure management. 

 

I also worked for a year on an organic dairy farm in France in the Ardeche region.  

 

I'm passionate about how to improve the politics of farming and am active in the Landworkers' Alliance - particularly around farm hacks, developing appropriate technologies for small scale farming.

 

New technologies really excite me and I'm keen to bring approaches both old and new to the Southern Roots team.  I have background in building and construction, and am glad to be part of a new wave of farmers returning to the land.

Rita Oldenbourg


I started farming at Southern Roots Organics in 2018. 

I always used to spend time on allotments where possible before working for three years at an urban community food project in Leeds.

I have worked on several farmers in the UK and I am currently in my second years of a part-time horticulture apprenticeship at Trill Farm Market Garden in Devon. 

 

This year I plan to hone my tractor driving and machinery skills with the team at Southern Roots Organics. 

I am actively involved in the Landworkers' Alliance and am part of the South West regional coordination team where we organise events, gatherings and skills shares for farmers in the region. 

 

I established a network of growers and Landworkers' Alliance members in the Dorset/Devon area that meet once a month to exchange knowledge under a 'farmer-to-farmer' framework. I am also part of a group of farmers and apprentices looking to establish a support network for agricultural learning. 
 

We support the principles

of Food Sovereignty

We are proud members of

the Land Workers Alliance

We are certified organic by the Soil Association