This month we hear from Robin Asquith, Yorkshire-based Care Farm Manager at Camphill Village Trust, about the amazing Care Farming projects he visited around the world as part of his Nuffield Farming Scholarship.
Robin visited a variety of farms including one in the Netherlands employing a number of homeless people picking tomatoes to help them gain confidence in their working life, and a Norwegian care farm where people suffering from dementia get to enjoy the outdoors and be part of an active community, regardless of their memory loss. We would like to say a special thank you to Robin for working with us on that recording. He contacted us on Twitter and we helped him to make it, with someone from his community. It’s really important to us to help farmers get their voice heard. If you would like to feature on the programme, please do get in touch. We’ll work with you to get a recording together.
Next up Darla Eno catches up with Paula Gioia, a member of La Via Campesina, the global peasants’ movement. Paula talks about the importance of international solidarity between small-scale farmers and the challenge of balancing activism with farm work. Paula also digs into the German word for ‘peasant’ which is ‘Bauer’, drawing out important distinctions about the type of farming it is linked to. In English, it seems we have only one word, ‘farmer’, to describe all land-workers, but peasant often means many other things. What do you think it means and what land-worker ‘label’ do you feel comfortable with? Please do let us know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!
We speak to sustainable chef, Tom Hunt, about the unusual dish he put together for the recent pop-up food-waste restaurant in London, wastED, brain-child of the American chef Dan Barber. This is where farming methods meet food, and crop rotations begin to craft the plate. Clover anyone?
Abi Glencross hears from Shelley Spruit of Against the Grain Farms in Canada about what it has taken to put purple corn on the map and why it is such an important move.
We also have a special treat – some poetry written at this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference by Adam Horovitz who is the poet-in-residence at The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association. We think this is a brilliant idea, showing that culture and agriculture are entwined.
This month we had reporting from Robin Asquith and Abby Rose, Abi Glencross and Darla Eno. The show was produced and edited by Abby Rose, Katie Revell and Jo Barratt.
Thanks, as ever, to the wonderful farmers out there working with and caring for the land and seas, ensuring everything in the ecological web thrives. We are here to support you!
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