Rooted: Stories of Life, Land and a Farming Revolution by Sarah Langford


Review by Valerie:

This  timely analysis  of how British farmers can continue to feed the nation ethically,  sustainably and productively is told  very convincingly and movingly  by Sarah Langsford who distils the wisdom accrued from her personal farming story, the knowledge she’s learned from postgraduate research into soil studies and verbatim accounts from other farmers who have lived with so many crises postwar. It’s a riveting read on every level.

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A fascinating personal account of a revolution in British farming

Sarah Langford had left her country roots behind to live and work in the city as a barrister. But when she found herself moving to the countryside, back to an agricultural life she had left behind, she saw farmers dealing with very different problems to those faced by her grandfather, who had fed a starving nation after war. Beleaguered with the challenges of climate change, Brexit and falling incomes, they faced accusations of ecological mismanagement from a hostile media and public. But, as Sarah looked to them to teach her about the land, she also found a new generation of farmers on a path of regenerative change.

In Rooted, Sarah weaves her own story around these farmers – from dairy to arable, traditional to experimental – who taught her what being a farmer means. Intimate and moving, these stories shine a light on the human side of modern farming, and show us how land connects us all, not only in terms of global sustainability but in our relationships with our physical and mental health, our communities, our planet and ourselves.

An authentic, beautifully written portrait of 21st Century farming, this deeply personal account puts a powerful case: that the task of restoring our earth and ensuring a sustainable future both for our food and ourselves, lies in the hands of those who live closest to the land.