For the Love of the Land


When Sarah Langford moved from the city to the countryside she found herself thrust back into an agricultural life she had left behind. But her farming friends were facing very different challenges to her tweed-clad grandfather, one of the generation of farmers heralded as heroes for saving the nation from starvation in WWII. She found them beleaguered with the challenges of climate change, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, and facing accusations of ecological mismanagement from a hostile media. In ‘For a Love of the Land,’ Sarah follows the stories of farmers from across the UK through the seasons, from generational dairy farmers in Cumbria to first time farmers rewilding land in Norfolk. Through their stories, she seeks to humanise an industry so often misunderstood.

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SKU: 9780241503744 Category: Tags: , , , , , , Publisher/imprint : Viking
Page count : 336
Published on 7th July, 2022


A fascinating personal account of a revolution in British farming

Sarah Langford had left her country roots behind to live and work in the city as a barrister. But when she found herself moving to the countryside, back to an agricultural life she had left behind, she saw farmers dealing with very different problems to those faced by her grandfather, who had fed a starving nation after war. Beleaguered with the challenges of climate change, Brexit and falling incomes, they faced accusations of ecological mismanagement from a hostile media and public. But, as Sarah looked to them to teach her about the land, she also found a new generation of farmers on a path of regenerative change.

In Rooted, Sarah weaves her own story around these farmers – from dairy to arable, traditional to experimental – who taught her what being a farmer means. Intimate and moving, these stories shine a light on the human side of modern farming, and show us how land connects us all, not only in terms of global sustainability but in our relationships with our physical and mental health, our communities, our planet and ourselves.

An authentic, beautifully written portrait of 21st Century farming, this deeply personal account puts a powerful case: that the task of restoring our earth and ensuring a sustainable future both for our food and ourselves, lies in the hands of those who live closest to the land.

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Weight 0.483 kg
Dimensions 22.2 × 14.4 × 3.4 cm