Sophie Alexander is an organic farmer, managing around 1200 acres (400 ha) of chalkland at Hemsworth Farm in England. She is blazing a trail as a woman in farming exploring new ways of making her farm financially successful and environmentally friendly.
In 2009 the main part of the farm near Hemsworth in Dorset was converted to organic. Five years later the financial success of farming organically persuaded her to convert the remaining 150 ha.
Sophie compared the organic and conventional systems side by side and discovered she was getting consistently higher margins on her organic crops.
“I benchmarked the organic part of the farm and the conventionally run part of the farm for three harvests and it demonstrated that my margins gave me more financial resilience on the organic system. By which time I was much more interested in farming organically. I think it’s the most resilient and realistic way of farming,” says Sophie.