Books - The Farmer, the Plough & the Devil

Books - The Farmer, the Plough & the Devil





The story of Fordhall Farm up to the late 1970's By Arthur Hollins - Pioneer of Organic Farming.

This delightful book traces the fortunes of a Shropshire farming family during sixty years. It chronicles the decline of their land through misuse and its resurgence through organic farming.

The author's father grew rich producing potatoes in the First World War but frittered his gains on good living. He also ruined the soil by the indiscriminate use of fertiliser, so that when Arthur Hollins, still in his teens, inherited the farm, the odds were stacked against him.

Arthur, and later his remarkable wife May, fought their way back, overcoming the deficiencies of their thin soil, suspicion in the face of change and a bureaucracy that at times defied belief. Gradually they realised that organic methods could improve not only their land but others' too, and they established a large, pioneering yoghurt business. Arthur was then able to set his energies to the building of the Pulvoseeder, a machine he believes can transform the cultivation of land.

Throughout their struggle they never lost sight of the beauty of the world around them or the humour and good nature of country people.

"a beautifully written, poignant life story of triumph and tragedy" Sunday Express

"a remarkable story" Sunday Telegraph

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