Robert joined the family farm in Duxford in the mid-70’s and has transformed the business from a 1,000 acre cereal farm to a large vegetable-producing enterprise over 2,800 acres. Russell Smith Farms produces potatoes and onions for all the major supermarkets, both conventionally and organically. The farm also has a high sustainability ethos, with wildlife and conservation being at the heart of what it does. It is a LEAF demonstration farm, a Waitrose demonstration farm, and it hosts many visitor groups and an Open Farm Sunday event each year. It was also a recent finalist for the prestigious Silver Lapwing Award, and has won many other awards for conservation and farming.
Robert is also a shareholder and non-executive director of Produce World, a vegetable packing business that works with all the major supermarkets and has a turnover of £250m per annum. He has also has also undertaken a number of building projects.