Field scale vegetable growing in South Lincolnshire

An account of the development of enterprises on a family farm in Lincolnshire from the start of the 20th century to the present day.

Year of Publication2005

Tony Worth’s family have farmed in South Lincolnshire since the start of the 20th century and this article describes the development of the business over that time. It well illustrates the adage that successful businesses need to change continuously. Up to the 1930s rotations were simple; clover or beans followed by potatoes and then wheat with cattle and pigs. Peas came in during the 1930s, initially for canning and later for freezing. After World War II labour intensive crops like peppermint, spinach, runner beans and opium poppies were introduced. By the 1950s the business was supplying vegetables to Marks & Spencer and later to other chains and was instrumental in getting farmer cooperatives together to be able to provide the large amounts of produce the supermarkets needed. However, as time went by private business proved to be more focussed and flexible than the co-ops and replaced them. The latest turn the business is taking is to specialise exclusively on potatoes. Land on the farms not growing potatoes is let out for other crops.

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farming co operatives
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