Your Root to Health

Your root to health

We still have lots of amazing tasty nutrient dense organic local roots, but there is only a few days left to get what we think are the tastiest local chunky carrots around grown in rich Red Devon soil from award winning farm Shillingford Organics. We will have Bishops farm parsnips and Shillingford Organics tasty swedes, potatoes & beetroot still for a while.
Whether mashed, roasted, chipped, stewed, soup, steamed or grated raw, all can be cooked with their skins left on.
Many essential nutrients are concentrated in the skins of roots and eating fruits and veg unpeeled whenever possible grown from healthy soils is great for gut health. Peels are a rich source of fibre, vitamins, minerals, micro nutrients and antioxidants making the skin one of the most nutritious parts of the plant. Because they’re grown without chemicals, they can simply be washed and cooked.
Non – organic carrots are one of the most heavily sprayed crops today and just washing fruit and veg is not enough to remove wax coating, insecticides, herbicides or fungicides readily used on crops such as carrots so it is wise to soak them in baking soda and water for 15 mins before scrubbing well or peel them but I doubt pesticides can ever be removed.
Healthy organic soils rich in soil Carbon are teaming with a diversity of life, the soil food web of life is where trace elements and minerals are made available to the plant in a soluble form by soil life or traded via soil fungi directly into plant cells in return for carbohydrates/sugars, this process is suppressed under non organic industrial farming methods and why non organic sprayed food is partly lacking in essential nutrients which has been well documented. Also modern plant breeding of vegetable varieties that are bred to crop at the same time, look the same, same shape, same size to fit the supermarket cosmetic requirements can only be achieved by inbreeding and narrowing of genetic diversity at the cost of plant nutrition. Missing nutrients in veg is replaced by water.
The photos show organic roots stocked by Harvest with character of all colours, shapes and sizes. The practice of grading out mountains of veg and left on the field to rot because of tight supermarkets cosmetic controls is wrong and a waste of good food. Good for health, eat the rainbow of colours

Potatoes Spuds Tatties

Potatoes. Spuds. Tatties.

What does every one know about how spuds are grown and how crop Desiccation occurs prior to harvesting in this modern age of Agriculture ? Long gone are the days of picking them up by hand behind the old potato digger on big farms. As ever Industrial Agriculture forged ahead in the chemical direction not thinking about nature, soil degredation or peoples health. The more the mechanisation, the more the compromises and chemical applications. Harvest Workers Co-op organic farm shop  only sells Organic potatoes, all from Devon at this time and all really tasty varieties grown in soils teaming with life which attract so much wildlife to those farms.

Under intensive industrial methods, many potato crops are desiccated just before harvesting using weedkiller. How does anyone know if the potatoes have been sprayed or not on the supermarket shelves? they all look the same side by side. there’s no traceability or information on that. Other crops that are commonly desiccated around the globe in the same way are wheat, soya, oil seed rape, oats, peas, beans. The practice of Desiccation is prohibited under organic certification but as organic farmers know, chemicals are harmful to soil life which they depend on to build soil fertility. Here is a link to Wikepedia explaining Desiccation

Out on the Farm – Summer visits with Harvest

Get on the Land!

We believe that people should feel connected to where their food comes from so we run farm visits and farm based workshops. This summer we have been

We’ll be running more farm visits in the Autumn. If you are part of a community – maybe a residents association or a local group – and would like to visit a farm as your group then let us know we’d love to help!

The Harvest Vegetable Box!

Harvest Veg Boxes

We are starting weekly seasonally delicious vegetable boxes! Well to be strictly true we have been doing a few customers vegetable boxes for some time but have now decided to publicise the fact!

What you need to know

  • The boxes are seasonal and delicious
  • They are £10 to collect from the shop and £11 to have delivered to the Okehampton area
  • Delivery days and times will be confirmed when you order
  • We are very happy to get your ideas about what will work best
  • Do get in touch if you are interested or pop into the shop

UPDATED ….. Snow closing!

Update on Snow Opening!

Harvest Farm Shop is OPEN today – Saturday 3rd March – we will be closing a bit earlier at 4 though

We are trying very hard to be open however there has been a little too much snow at times! Liv and Henry opened for a short while on Thursday before having to get back to Winkliegh before the snow came in.

Martin and Sara walked down on Friday to open up. Here they are on their snowy walk in. They enjoyed chatting to all the Okey folk looking for good rooty vegetables for hearty soups. All our vegetable boxes were delivered.

Jo and Kevin opened up on Saturday as normal. Big thanks to Martyn Bragg for doing a special tractor delivery of the Shillingford Organics vegetables to us at the bottom of Ide High Street for us to bring in for Saturday morning.

As I wrote the first version of this post I was surrounded by the sounds of West Town Farm folk keeping working in the snow making sure that all the animals are safe and well cared for. Thanks to all the landworkers everywhere! You might recognise Martin in the picture from when he was working at Shillingford Organics.

We hope you are keeping safe and warm but also enjoying the snow.

Into the New Year

Harvest … in mid winter!

A huge thank you to everyone of you who has supported us on the start of our journey as the Harvest Workers’ Co-op. We have loved meeting you and talking to you both in the shop and at our events. We are all looking forward to seeing what the New Year brings.
Warm Mid Winter Wishes,
Martyn, Sara, Henry, Liv. Sophie, Jo and Kevin

In the shop and …

In the New Year look out for weigh your own dry goods, organic beers, wines and ciders and different ways to do your shopping!

… out in the community

A Film for the New Year – Demain / Tomorrow

All over the globe solutions already exist. This is a hugely uplifting film finding positive stories about how we can live

Friday January 19th 6:30 – 10:00pm
Book tickets on here or pop into the Harvest Farm Shop
Film and Food £10 (£7 reduced price) Film only £5 (£3 reduced price)

Farm Visits and Family Workshops

Look out for more monthly family workshops and our seasonal pop up storytelling at a farm shop near you!!

The Farm Shop Gallery

Our next exhibition will be appearing soon featuring Martin’s beautiful wildlife images from around Hilltown Fields.
Shop gallery

We want our events to be accessible as possible. Reduced price tickets are available if you can’t afford the full price.
Our thanks to Okehampton United Charities for making this possible.

Education and Community Update!

In Education and Community

In our first 3 months of the grant we have engaged directly with over 250 people through

  • 3 farm visits
  • 1 film screening
  • 4 food workshops
  • 1 artists talk
  • 1 creative workshop

Displays and Exhibition Space

We have bought and fitted simple display material. Our first exhibition by photographer Walter Lewis celebrated landworkers around the country.

The notice board hand crafted by local carpenter Edward Griffiths has enhanced the outside wall space and is attracting wide attention. We are now working on a changing sequence of local farming seasonal images to display.

Farm Visits

We have had three visits so far featuring no dig vegetable growing at Hilltown Organics, dairy farming at Taw River and light touch agro forestry at Silent Haven. We are pleased to be able to support these small scale farming activity.

We will be widening the range of farms alongside revisiting these three farms to give an experience of seasonal change.
We aim to approach and engage wider community especially people who might not normally visit farms. We’d welcome support in identifying such groups and we will be working in partnership with the primary school on this challenge.


We were really pleased to have over 50 people come to the premier of the Landworkers’ Alliance film In Our Hands It was good to use the Ockment Centre as the venue it allowed to serve a local and seasonal supper and create a positive social atmosphere. We have two more films in the new year one of which will incorporate a seed swap.


We have started our food workshops with two on Sourdough bread making and another on vegetable fermentation techniques

These were followed by an Community Apple pressing day in Red Lion Yard. This was done in partly in collaboration with Okehampton Primary School. We are looking forward to starting a monthly family workshop and a series of seasonal creative sessions.

In the news

Our education and community work has featured in various publications.

Recently we have been in …

We have established our working practise, developed organisational infrastructure and made good links with local venues. We look forward to extending the reach and breadth of our provision.

A huge thanks to Okehampton United Charities for supporting this work.

Download the Autumn program here

Harvest Farm Shop – reworked

We have been really pleased with how the Harvest Farm Shop has been re imagined and reworked. It could not have happened without the support of so many of our friends and customers. A huge thanks to them. We have not finished … there will be more information and education displays and an ever changing seasonal display of all that is local and organic. However this post is to give a little sense of the journey so far up to our Launch Event on Friday. Thanks for coming with us.

Why fund Harvest Workers’ Co-op?

Why fund Harvest Workers’ Co-op?

We are doing a new reason each day for the remainder of our campaign. This post will be updated each day so stay tuned for more! So far we have:

  1. So that our community can access affordable food – that is food that is produced sustainabilty so it is good to eat and good for the earth. This means that it will not have the inflated prices of “organic” food in the supermarket. We price check our produce so that it is an accessible price for everyone in the community.
  2. affordable food

  3. To reconnect people with the land and where their food comes from! We’ll run farm-based activities for children and adults; because when kids get to dig a few spuds out of the ground, they are in total awe at the wonder and never will forget where potatoes come from! is the best way to learn…
  4. We will provide jobs for people in our community. Our seven members all live locally in Devon, and all will be employed by the co-op. We hope in the future to be employing more people in the area who want to be part of the Okehampton food revolution!
  5. We will provide a selling platform for smallscale, local growers like Down Farm Winkleigh, and Hilltown Organics
  6. Where else can you buy a salad, loose or bagged, with over 50 different varieties of leaf, herbs & flowers?
  7. We’ll be making seasonal smoothies with Okehampton Priory school today (Friday 23/6) in Red Lion Yard, Okehampton, in partnership with our friends at Love Local Food! What fun! Let’s get future generations pondering the origins and seasonality of our food, not just for today, but at every educational event we run as the Harvest Workers’ Co-op.
  8. Wild green smoothies

  9. So that our community can access affordable food – that is food that is produced sustainably so it is good to eat and good for the earth. This means that it will not have the inflated prices of “organic” food in the supermarket. We price check our produce so that it is an accessible price for everyone in the community.

Crowdfunding – the video

Our Crowdfunding campaign launch was on Monday 29th May! We have been busy shooting the film. Red Lion Yard was full of scripts and props and action. It was really good to work as a team and we can not wait to see what people think.

Here is a little out take of Kevin and Jo clearing up at the end of the day. We would love the whole process to be just a little easier and that is just part of what our crowdfunding is about.

Watch our full video on our crowdfunding page

Please help us transform the Harvest Farm Shop and create a whole program of education projects

endoftheday from Kevin on Vimeo.