We are a half acre market garden run by Rosie & Tom Barclay, with the help of Rosie's mum Jojo. We grow for our local community providing a weekly seasonal veg bag and salad and greens for our local restaurants.
Soil is the most important part of our food system and is integral for the health of our environment. We work on improving our soil by using the no-dig method, no fertilisers, no chemicals, no machinery and using green manures and cover crops where we can.
Rosie is the gardener of the two of us with experience working at Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Daylesford Organics and 3 years of tending to private gardens in and around Bristol. She grew up surrounded by growing and farming but it was only when she reached her late 20's that she decided to make it her life. A few years in London working in Television soon pushed Rosie back to her roots and finally down to Cornwall where we started Neetfield in 2020. Since moving to Cornwall she also worked at Nathan Outlaws restaurants in Port Isaac for 3 years, achieving GQ's Best Front of House Award in 2019.
Tom is the cook. Something he has enjoyed doing both personally and professionally for a long time but it was only in 2017 that he took the leap away from a career in Tech to train with Jeremy Lee in London for 2 years and then to the two Michelin-starred Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark. He has always wanted to get to the root of how food gets from farm to table which subsequently led to 18 months training in butchery at Philip Warren and 6 month road trip around Italy visiting its farms and food producers. This trip inspired us both to search for our own piece of land where we could grow the produce of our dreams and share it with our community. Tom has also worked at Coombeshead Farm in Launceston where they practice the best farm to table cooking, with genuinely seasonal ingredients all directly from the farm.
Jojo has been at Neetfield from the very beginning and honestly we don't know what we would do without her. She has been a gardener all her life so fits in perfectly, even if her methods can sometimes be a bit old school! Perfectly happy pricking out salad for hours or tidying up peas and plaiting onions, she does everything with a smile on her face and brightens up everyone's day.