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Adam Lockwood (Lockwood Salads)

Starting his career as a tractor driver with no prior experience in horticulture, Adam Lockwood began working for LJ Betts while studying at university. He quickly worked his way up to assistant farm manager, helping to grow the business substantially over several years.

After developing a specialist interest in babyleaf salad, his next role as farm manager for Emmett Italia, establishing a new farm in a foreign country, gave him the courage to take the leap and set up his own farm business in 2018.
Lockwood Salads was founded and funded entirely on Adam’s own, at the tender age of just 29. Based on the Warwickshire/Leicestershire border, buildings are leased and land is rented within an established rotation.

The business produces 12 tonnes of baby spinach, red chard, bulls blood, rocket, cress and baby red lettuce each week, which is supplied to Lidl through JW European, and also packed into branded Lockwood Salads bags.

Built on ‘quality over quantity’, branded bags are sold to wholesalers, markets and caterers throughout the country, already proving exceptionally popular with demand struggling to be met.

Adam manages all aspects of the business, from practical growing and agronomy, to creating a packing facility and building a reputable brand, to finding and managing sales.
Adam deserves a huge amount of recognition for his determination, diligence and extremely hardworking attitude. He is an excellent role model for new entrants to the industry, proving the impossible can be done, and to a very high standard at that.