Two stories to share
What is the most fulfilling thing about smallholding? This is a question we posed to Alicia Miller, who hails originally from California’s Bay area but now runs a smallholding in deepest Wales with her husband Nathan. Alicia’s response (pages 7-10) is fascinating, and conveys the quintessence of ‘the good life’ in our modern world. Alicia reflects on the assaults on the planet’s eco system, and how it has become central to their lives to respond by creating as sustainable a lifestyle as possible. “Being a little part of making agriculture more sustainable in our own little corner of the world may not seem like much but, to us, it’s everything,” she says. “That’s what keep us going. That’s what gets us up in the morning and out on the land.”
Another couple, Holly Carter and Andrei Szerard, also reflect on their good life after abandoning careers as barristers in London and buying a smallholding in Mid Devon. They made the leap four years ago and, on pages 19-23, they describe what has happened since. “We are happier and more relaxed and more alive than we have ever been,” they say. “We have endured the saddest and most challenging events of our lives whilst living here, and we have gloried in the most heartening and joyous days of our lives too.”
We are pleased to share these two stories with other smallholders, and hope they provide both inspiration and encouragement as we face the challenges of another year on the land.