This month, in episode 53, we bring you the first of three special episodes focusing, for the most part, on stories from the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC.) This year, we were delighted to be the ORFC’s official media partner.
First, we hear from writer and storyteller Georgia Wingfield-Hayes about why storytelling and myth-making are crucial to the regenerative farming movement. At ORFC, Georgia shared a story called ‘The Herdsman’, a true story which shows what cheap food is doing to the land, the animals and the people involved in its production.
Next, we speak to Matt Adams, a deep ecologist, who is working with public health and nutrition specialist Elizabeth Westaway, to launch a new initiative called Growing Real Food for Nutrition – ‘Grffn’ for short – which is bringing the work of Dan Kittredge and the Bionutrient Food Association to the UK.
Then we share the work of fashion designer Alice Robinson, who has created two innovative accessory collections, re-awakening the connections between fashion and farming. Each collection is made solely from one animal, using all parts of the animal without a scrap wasted. We’re helping get Fibreshed UK started, so if you are interested in being involved then tune into future Farmerama episodes and we’ll keep you in the loop.
Finally, we share an urgent call for councils across the UK to recognise the value of real farming through the story of the Save Trecadwgan Farm campaign in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Trecadwgan has been a council farm for nearly 100 years, but now the council has decided to sell it off. A group from the local community and beyond, including farmer Gerald Miles and Sam Roddick, are fighting to buy Trecadwgan and turn it into a community farm.
Farmerama is made by Jo Barratt, Abby Rose and Katie Revell. In this episode, there were interviews by Darla Eno and editing by Louis Hudson. Community support is provided by Hanna Soderlund, Fran Bailey, Annie Landless, Eliza Jenkins and Olivia Oldham. Our theme music is by Owen Barratt. We also included some music recorded at this year’s ORFC from a session led by Robin Grey at St Aldate’s Church.
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