The organic route to success
FOR more than two decades Denis Cole and his sons at School Farm, St Mary-in-the-Marsh, have concentrated on organic production with growing success.
The respected 73-year-old farmer was one of the pioneers for what was a niche market but is now in big demand.
Mr Cole is now semi-retired and it is the turn of his sons Jamie, 42, and Jonathan, 49, to continue the work.
On 180 acres of Romney marshes they grow organic potatoes, carrots, red and white onions and sweetcorn and are now in their second year of producing organic vegetable boxes for restaurants in Kent and Sussex.
Struggling farmers know diversification is the key to success and the latest project by Jamie is to restore a three-acre, 18th-century walled garden at a property in Bishopsbourne.
The plan is to reintroduce older varieties of fruit and veg that will mean long-forgotten tastes can once again become a winner.
Farmer Jamie Cole with some of his organic products
Picture: Dave Downey pd1497430