Kinship in Husbandry

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"Kinship in Husbandry was founded in April 1941 by Rolf Gardiner, the rural revivalist, H. J. Massingham, the countryside’s most prolific eulogist, and Gerald Wallop, Viscount Lymington (later the ninth Earl of Portsmouth), the latter the most openly fascist of the prominent back-to-the-landers. Their aim was to initiate a forum in which members could share their experiments in organic farming. Its members kept a notebook in which they recorded the results of their farming activities, and they met periodically to discuss them, usually in Edmund Blunden’s rooms in Oxford. Apart from Gardiner, Massingham, and Lymington, its members were: C. Henry Warren, Edmund Blunden, Lord Northbourne, J. E. Hosking, Arthur Bryant, Adrian Bell, Douglas Kennedy, Philip Mairet, and Robert Payne. They were joined later on by Laurence Easterbrook, Michael Graham, Ronald Duncan and Jorian Jenks. Stapledon, Howard, Picton and Robert McCarrisson were associated with the group though not actually members." [1]

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  1. Dan Stone, "The Far Right and the Back-to-the-Land Movement" In: The Culture of Fascism, p.187.