Farmerama have learnt that farming’s best economic models mimic nature’s clever ways and make many things from the same piece of land – Farmer Stephen Briggs calls it ecological intensification. He fills us in on his agroforestry setup or ‘3D farming’, where he grows organic apples and cereals on his 150 acres in Cambridgeshire. We also hear a few thoughts from Ben Raskin, head of horticulture at the Soil Association, who is just starting a new agroforestry project in Wiltshire at Helen Browning’s Organic farm.
I share a tool I initially created for my family’s farm to help us build a more resilient business using ‘small data’. Now other farmers are using it in the UK and Chile, in particular we hear from Davenport Vineyards about how they have used it to help their vineyard prosper.
We finish with a bit of a food sovereignty focus – two reports from different ends of Britain both building people’s food policies: in Scotland we hear about the ‘Good Food Nation Bill’ and Dee Butterly, talks us through ‘The People’s Food Policy’ supported by The Landworker’s Alliance. In our divided world we wonder if food and farming could be a web that will connect us all.
Farmerama is produced by Jo Barratt and Abby Rose and presented with Nigel Akehurst, reporting this week was from Nigel Akehurst, Abby Rose, Katie Revell and Phil Moore. This week we have additional sound design by Eight Fold Way, music by Michael O’Neill and we have much appreciated social media support from Madeline Maxwell and Richard White.
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