I am looking to buy my first farm and the place I am considering is in a rather productive farming area - flat, arable, dual-purpose country which is popular for both cropping and grazing (fattening) livestock. I’ve spoken to farmers in the area and all are fond of using chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and the like. My farm (about 100 acres) would be surrounded by such farms. My plan is to buck the trend and run my farm chemical-free. I’m a believer in organic and permaculture principles and I want to set up a mixed farm that does bit of grazing, tree crops, and possibly small scale cropping. By selecting to live in such an area though, do you think I am setting myself up for huge headaches by being surrounded by farms like this? Or can I kind of ignore the these other farmers if they want to farm the way they do, and just get on with my own farming approach? I want my family and I to live reasonably cleanly and healthily on this farm, but I am a little worried that may be this won’t be possible being in such an, in some ways, “unclean” area to begin with. But I’ve little experience with this, so hoping that those who do might be able to chime in.