Patrick Lynn set up Red Earth Organics to provide great, locally produced Organic produce readily available to the people of Nottinghamshire - the county where he was born and raised. Grown on seven acres of clay loam soil and in a large twin-span polytunnel, Patrick and his small team grow and deliver over 40 varieties of vegetable all throughout the year. The land is fully organic and is certified by the Soil Association. In addition to the vegetable land there is also newly planted orchard for future fruit production and thirty acres of grassland in conversion to organic.
As our clay loam soil is not suitable to grow every vegetable we work with other local and regional farmers on sandier soils to provide us with high quality root crops such as carrots and parsnips.
Red Earth Organics is based at Hockerwood Park, Patrick's family's farm. Situated outside the historic town of Southwell, the farm itself is full of history, having first appeared in the Domesday Book nearly a thousand years ago. Through the middle ages the land was used as a deer park to entertain the Archbishop of York's hunting trips before being turned over to agriculture a few hundred years ago. In 1930 the farm was taken over by the Lynn family and bought from the Church of England.
Before returning to the family farm, Patrick worked for several years in agricultural development in Indonesia. Based on the island of Java, he worked with Organic farmers helping them find marketing channels for their Organic rice to improve their livelihoods. In doing this he found how Organic farming in the third world had as many benefits to the people and environment there as it did in the UK It was this experience that brought Patrick back to the UK determined not only to start farming organically in the UK but to use a portion of this business's profits to help the promotion of Organic farming in the third world.
Red Earth Organics are committed to the integrity of the Organic food movement and have therefore been certified by the Soil Association to pack Organic produce. The land in conversion is also being monitored by the Soil Association.