Regenerative confusion and the kaleidoscope of food

Various foods shown in a kaleidoscopic pattern with flowers at the centre

I went to an Exeter Food event at the university recently where Jake Fiennes spoke on ‘balancing food security and self-sufficiency for a better environment’. He shared examples of nature-friendly farming on the Holkham Estate, where he leads the conservation team. I met Jake when he was a supportive voice early in our regenerative transition …

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Is it really all about cheap food?

flat lay photography of vegetable salad on plate

I joined the Oxford Real Farming Conference online this year, and despite a slightly shambolic experience due to technical issues (the streaming went down, YouTube was there as a backup option but lots of people were in the chat asking where to go), there were some useful sessions. A playlist of all of the recorded …

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Virtually in Oxford

A room full of people at Oxford Town Hall

On Thursday and Friday this week I’ll be joining the Oxford Real Farming Conference, albeit virtually. Online tickets are still available. I had a great first experience of the conference last year, but I’m opting to save money and travel this time round. Last year’s conference was a great opportunity to see friends and heroes …

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Thank you 2023, hello 2024

The last of a sunset over fields and trees

2023 for me was a year of sampling, reading, reflection, learning, conversations and getting lost. A messy, liminal year where I realised that I was very tired after the three years before it and I needed to walk a lot, breathe very deeply and collapse a bit. I won’t be glad to see the back …

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Old blogs rescued from the recesses of the internet

A lone figure pushes something into the depths of a huge warehouse

In a fit of… something or other, in the past I have deleted blogs from the web. I regret it. I think maybe I thought that by casting old stuff aside it would make space for the new. Perhaps I was embarrassed about old stuff I’d written. Perhaps I felt like that history was a …

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