67: Fibre farming, Ugandan permaculture and rain-fed regeneration in Spain

67: Fibre farming, Ugandan permaculture and rain-fed regeneration in Spain 150 150 Farmerama Radio

Photo from YICE Uganda

This month we begin with a story from Rosie Bristow, MSc student of Fashion and Textile Management based at Phantassie Organic Farm in Scotland. We learn from Rosie about a farm to fashion project she’s pioneering as part of her studies, to prototype a UK textile economy in collaboration with George Young at Fobbing Farm in Essex.

Next, we head to Uganda, where we hear from YICE (Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment), a social enterprise focused on providing smallholder farmers access to regenerative farming techniques. We learn from YICE’s founder, Noah Ssempijja, about their community-led initiatives to build environmental resilience and food security in Ugandan communities.

Finally, we hear from Alfonso Chico Gusman and Yanniek Schoonhoven of La Junquera, who are experimenting with rain-fed regenerative techniques on their mixed farm in the arid mountains of southern Spain. La Junquera’s influence extends beyond the farm, with training initiatives such as The Regenerative Academy which offers education to the wider community. We will be hearing more from La Junquera over the next few months, as they are a great example of the power of collective action to build on the regenerative movement!

This episode of Farmerama was made by Jo Barratt, Abby Rose and Olivia Oldham. A big thanks to the rest of the Farmerama team Katie Revell, Fran Bailey, Annie Landless, Eliza Jenkins and Dora Taylor. Our theme music is by Owen Barratt.

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