Living With The Land Part 6 - Animal-free Farming

Permaculture People
Wednesday, 5th August 2015

A pioneer in plant-based agriculture, Iain Tolhurst has been a practising organic vegetable producer since 1976. 

Specialising in a 'systems approach' to farming, Tolhurst, has developed a stockfree approach to farming - the use of green manures, crop rotations & sustainable practices without recourse to inputs such as animal manures or animal by-products.

Together with business partner Lin, Iain Tolhurst started Tolhurst Organic more than 25 years ago producing seasonal organically grown food on 18 acres of land in Oxfordshire.

Stockfree farming is one of the many ways of Living With The Land.

Narrated by the poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah

Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazine

Logo designed by HIP Permaculture

Camera Mihali Moore

For more information about Tolhurst Organic and the stockfree approach to farming please visit

Living with the Land | The Films

'Living with the Land' is a series of nine short online films free to view and distribute. Please share the link far and wide! Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazinethe films showcase the people and projects in the UK designing ecologically sound and regenerative land based practices. The films will be released to coincide with the build-up to the 12th International Permaculture Convergence, in London this September organised by the Permaculture Association

To see all nine films see

More About Animal-free Farming

Farming for the future - despite what the neighbours think

Towards common ground: permaculture and the vegan way

Building soil with regenerative agriculture

The Vegan Book of Permaculture

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