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With the Land


Yali Banton-Heath, Joanna Blundell, Kate Briton, Sally Lai, Oli Rodker, Lauren Simpson, Charlotte Du Cann (editorial advisor)



With the Land marks 10 years of the Landworkers’ Alliance. It explores what it means to work with the land, reflects on the wider land work movement and celebrates what is achievable through collective action.

With the Land is a seed store of stories and poetry, interviews, recipes, essays, artwork and song, by and about people who have tilled and cared for the lands of Britain to produce food, fuel and timber within a culture of regeneration. Old hands and young voices, activists and campaigners, foresters and farmers, shepherds and soil keepers, have come together to create a testament of the collaborative spirit, vision and hard work that goes into restoring our relationships with the natural world, and making a new approach to land use and food growing possible.

It links the past, present and future by bringing together voices from our membership and beyond.

Filled with song lyrics, texts, photography, poetry, a letter and recipe the individual pieces in the book cover issues such as access to land, the importance of seed sovereignty, gender and land work, as well as the ecological and social imperative of creating a better food and land work system by working in harmony with nature.

Spanning landscapes that range from forests to uplands, city farms to rural hinterlands, each section tells the story of how a dedicated network of landworkers are pushing against history to create a radical future-looking movement.


  • Credits
  • Sowing Seeds
  • Root and Branch
  • Hand in Hoof, Hoof in Hand
  • Solidarity in Action
  • Urban Abundance
  • Whose Land? Our Land
  • Oli Rodker: The Landworkers’ Alliance Backwards and Forwards
    Jyoti Fernandes: A Letter to Future Landworkers
  • Contributors
  • Images

Additional information

ISBN 9781399953818
Page extent 180
Product type PB
Publication date 31-Jul-23
Dimensions 156 × 234 mm

2 reviews for With the Land

  1. Alys Fowler

    This is the hymn book for all those that love and work the land, the voices here weave together all that is great about what the LWA has achieved in its first ten years and what a song they sing, what a chorus of voices indeed. This is a joyous read because it gives you hope and better still fuel to do more, to do better. Here’s to the next ten years and beyond!

  2. Raj Patel

    I can’t imagine a better tribute to the Landworkers’ Alliance first decade. This book is a celebration as beautiful, thoughtful, joyful, and powerful as the Alliance itself.

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