Welcome to Farmaround
I set up Farmaround in 1994, London’s first organic box scheme, with a desire to
promote the benefits of organic food to one’s health and the benefits of organic farming
to the planet, and in particular for the protection of wildlife habitats.
I grew up as industrial farming was taking hold. I bore witness to how it was ravaging our
countryside. Hedgerows were grubbed up to create vast prairies, woodland uprooted to
make way for the new massive combine harvesters. Six hundred potent and insufficiently
tested EU permitted agrochemicals were being sprayed, often indiscriminately, and
seeped into our streams and rivers. We were polluting our planet and destroying the
fertility of our soils. On this course nothing would survive, not even ourselves. Of course,
this still continues.
With industrial farming also came the barbaric factory farming of animals. Farmaround
have always been close to animal welfare charities like Compassion in World Farming
supporting them as they work towards improving the lives of farm animals - seeking to
ban factory farming and live animal exports. I am a patron of VEGA and have won an
RSPCA Good Business Award.
In 2007 I launched Izzy Lane, an ethical fashion label which uses the skills of the British
textile industry and the wool of my 600 rare breed sheep most of which I rescued as
lambs from slaughter.
In 2011, I launched Good Food Nation with Liz Jones. Our dairy products and eggs are
sold through Farmaround as well as through other channels. All our dairy cows have
pensions from the sale of their milk and will live out their whole, natural lives as well as
their calves, male and female. Our hens will also live out their full natural lives. *
At Farmaround we have wonderful customers who share our values, some who have been
with us since we began 18 years ago. I do hope you will give
us the opportunity to bring Farmaround to you.
* Most hens including organic and free-range ones are killed at 68-72 weeks old yet they
can carry on producing eggs their whole natural lives of 5-7 years. Dairy cows are killed
at around 5 years old on average when their life expectancy, like a horse can be up to 20
years. Male calves are either shot at birth or raised for veal with many live transported as
far as Spain.