Richard’s farming career started some 53 years ago in Essex on a mixed Farm. He stayed on until attending Writtle Agricultural College for a one year agricultural course. After leaving college he went back to work for the same farm until 1962 when he joined Co-Partnership Farm at Boreham, Essex as a fruitman-chargehand until 1966. After hearing that the Ford Motor company would be buying most of the orchards adjoining their test track, Boreham wartime aerodrome, he decided to move on. Bradenham Fruit Farm in Norfolk was the next stop where he became fruit foreman. This lasted for ten happy years and at the grand age of 36 Richard thought if he was going to enhance his career further he had better get on and do so. He applied to become a fruit farm manager at SC & JH Berry at Selling, Kent and spent 13 glorious years with them until unfortunately part of the family wished to sell a part of the farm and he was made redundant. He then joined Dalgety Agriculture as an advisor/salesman. The company was bought by Masstock Arable.