Farm To Fork

The Challenge of Sustainable Farming in 21st Century Britain

by Joe Stanley
Released September 14th 2021
Re-released in paperback in July 2023

Food is our most intimate and vital commodity, yet too many of us have lost touch with the reality of where it comes from and how it is produced.

Providing a seasonal tour of a traditional farming year, passionate livestock and arable farmer Joe Stanley seeks to bridge this knowledge gap and inform the reader about the journey their food takes before it gets to the plate, revealing the realities of modern agricultural life for a British lowland farmer.

This is a wonderfully-detailed and candid account of the life of a British farmer – of the highs and lows and lessons learned from a lifetime on the land.

Drawing on a lifetime of experience, he strips observations of the countryside and agricultural practices down to the core of his day-to-day, illustrating how our food is produced and why our farmed landscape looks the way it does. Along the way, he offers insight into his daily routine, such as how crops are planted, why livestock is brought in for winter, and what happens at harvest, while addressing the bigger issues surrounding food standards and trade, sustainability, the environment, rural heritage, and the future of agricultural policy outside the EU.

Often undermined as an antiquated pastime, agriculture is actually the core of a £122bn food and farming sector (the UK’s largest manufacturing industry), and Farm to Fork stands as a testament to British agriculture and the heart that goes into the food our farmers produce, the environmental stewardship they deliver and the landscape they maintain, whether through the assurance of food quality, animal welfare or environmental sustainability.


“Joe’s book is a must-read story about life on a lowland mixed farm. The book is one of hope and optimism, recognising the modern-day challenges that we as farmers face.”

Minette Batters, President, National Farmers Union

“A lucid and entertaining explanation of what farmers do, when they do it, why they do it…and why the rest of us should care.”

Charlotte Smith, BBC Radio 4 Farming Today 

“This book is a wonderful window into the everyday realities of food production and stewardship of the land.”

James Wong, Botanist & BBC Presenter

“A wide-reaching, down to earth read helping people from all walks of life connect and understand the reality and the journey their food literally takes from farm to fork.”

Hannah Jackson, The Red Shepherdess

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