This month, we begin by learning about Miknaf Ha’aretz, a grassroots collective dedicated to building an earth-based, radical-diasporic Jewish community in the UK. Through running retreats, youth camps, courses and more, the collective is acting through a belief that connection with the land is vital to Jewish healing, joy and liberation.
Next, we hear from Clementine, who has been involved in a farmer-led programme run by Pasture for Life – ‘Pasture and Profit in Protected Landscapes’. The programme involves a mentoring scheme for farmers who are interested in nature-friendly or regenerative farming. Clementine tells us about her learning experience through this mentoring scheme, and her plans to start a micro-dairy.
Finally, we catch up with botanist Lief Bersweden, who teaches us about some overlooked plants in the UK, and we learn about his research into bring more wild plant varieties to UK farms. Lief is keen to speak to UK farmers willing to talk about what they’re doing to support wild plants growing on their land – if you would like to help him with his research, you can reach out to him via his website.
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This episode of Farmerama was made by Jo Barratt, Abby Rose, and Katie Revell, A big thanks to the rest of the Farmerama team Dora Taylor, Olivia Oldham, Fran Bailey, Annie Landless, Eliza Jenkins and Lucy Fisher. Our theme music is by Owen Barratt