We are Yada Cashmore and Jon Davison- husband and wife duo, agroecological farmers and founders of Hewood Organics CSA, an organic Market Garden set in the rolling hills of West Dorset, England. Established in 2019 as part of a land share opportunity between ourselves and Lower Hewood Farm, we rent 2.5 acres of fertile, certified organic land, on which to cultivate ecologically beneficial and nutrient-dense vegetables.
We're both first generation farmers and don't really have a good explanation for how that became so, other than the immense joy we have when growing and eating really good food. It's our main motivation for doing what we do, growing vegetables we love to eat, picking and cooking fresh produce straight from the garden and sharing it with our friends and community through our CSA.
Yada grew up in South Wales and Jon, mostly, in Vermont, USA. We met in 2017, when Jon was teaching and coordinating at the gardens of Sunseed Desert Technology, Spain. Yada had just finished her degree in Contemporary Crafts at Falmouth Univeristy, where she studied to be an artist, specialising in Ceramics and co-ran the student allotments society. She moved to Spain to learn how clay could also be used to build structures. Jon had spent many years prior WWOOFing around Europe, where he learnt about permaculture and later completed his Permaculture Design Course. He went on to work on commercial and biodynamic farms before arriving in Spain, and later was the Production Manager of a large-scale organic farm in Vermont, where we both worked.
Fuelled by the exciting prospect of starting our own venture, we moved to England in November 2018 and started the Market Garden on seed money from our original 12 CSA members, a few small wholesale orders and off-farm work.
In our 2nd season (2020) we grew throughout Spring's 'Hunger Gap' to fulfil the high demand during lockdown, and continued to grow a diverse variety of crops throughout the summer and autumn months for our ever-expanding 30 share CSA. We have been lucky enough to be joined by our community volunteers, who work with us in exchange for growing experience and their own membership to the CSA. Together we have cultivated a cornucopia of over 100 organic varieties, grown in a way that benefits our environment just as much as those eating them.