Riverford founder Guy Singh-Watson takes time out from harvesting lettuce in France to talk about the Brexit stalemate, a second referendum and his long-term relationships with European growers.
Guy Singh-Watson has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 80,000 customers a week. Tired of meetings, brands and the assumption that greed is our predominant motivation, Guy converted the business to employee ownership in 2018, using the proceeds to buy a small farm and return to growing organic vegetables. In common with many of Riverford’s new co-owners, Guy is an advocate of using business to shape a part of the world, however small, to be kinder, more considerate and sustainable; more like the world most of us want to live in. His weekly newsletters connect people to the farm with refreshingly honest accounts of the trials and tribulations of producing organic food, and the occasional rant about farming, ethical and business issues he feels strongly about.
The power of 'what if?'
All too often we default to dystopian images, rather than allowing ourselves to believe that it could actually be amazing: more connected, happier, healthier, with cleaner air, better food.Read more
Live Life on the Veg
Riverford's recipe hub, with recipes, veg help and foodie inspiration.Go to Riverford
Caterpillars and tackling the biodiversity crisis
A caterpillar spotted while gleaning a field for leftover crops sparked a conversation around the connection between species, writes Chantelle Norton.Read more
The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity losses will be the defining stories of our future, but it is not too late to change direction.
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