Farmerama are looking for Community Collaborators for a new series

*Deadline has been extended to 24th June*

‘Who Feeds Us?’ will share the collective stories of how the people of the UK responded to the supermarket shelves being empty and restaurants closing during the COVID-19 crisis. We are looking for 5 Community Collaborators to unearth the stories that reflect the wide experience of people living in the UK. 

‘Who Feeds Us?’ is a multi-part podcast series in which we will share the stories of food producers who have been affected by the pandemic: their struggles and successes, their resilience and hard work, and their incredible capacity for innovation. We will unearth on-the-ground stories of those who have stepped up to feed their communities in new ways: by re-focusing their production, setting up micro-bakeries, developing local food databases, and helping people to grow their own…

This series is about exploring the human experience, our emotional relationship to food, and the ways in which we all are connected to the land from which it’s harvested. Farmerama is also committed to sharing the voices of under-represented groups and we recognise that at Farmerama our networks only reach so far. 

The voices of rural, Queer, Black, Asian, people of colour, neurodiverse, disabled, and working class communities are important to this story in order to speak to not only the injustices in the food system but also the spiritual, the beautiful, the healing, the political and transformative relationships we have with land, farming and food. We are committed to ensuring diversity is reflected on the production team as well as in the stories we tell. 

E.g in the UK Muslim community during Ramadan: How did the community come together as the food system rapidly fell apart around them? Who found new connections with food producers? Who didn’t have access to food?

If you would like to apply, please complete this form.

THE ROLE

The Community Collaborator role is about finding stories that reflect the wide set of experiences of people in the UK, and helping us to tell them.  

The role will include:

Part 1

– Scoping out potential stories

– Working together with the Project Manager to update a spreadsheet with stories, key people and contact details as they come in

– Working with the wider team to decide which stories best fit the series

Part 2

– Helping to contact the people we would like to interview, explaining the project to them, fielding their questions and overseeing interview arrangements.

– The Producer of the episode will manage scheduling of interviews etc. We would just ask that you are CC-d into any emails/communications

– Listening to episode edits, and providing feedback on content, script and overall messaging

WHAT WE OFFER

We can offer £300 for the initial research part of this role (Part 1). During Part 1, we expect you to source a number of potential stories. Then, as we enter Part 2, we will work with you to agree on your time commitment. We offer £200/day.

HOW TO APPLY

  • For the application we are inviting people to submit a short paragraph explaining why they would like to work with us in this role via this form
  • The form should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. We respect your time. Look at this as the start of a conversation. If we have more questions, we’ll come back to you.
  • Applications close 17th June. *This has now been extended to 24th June*

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

  • Please ask us directly by emailing farmeramaradio@gmail.com, with ‘Community Collaborator Role’ in the subject line
  • If relevant, and with approval, we’ll add any questions and answers to the FAQ at the end of this blog post, as they may help others.

Thank you to Deirdre Woods for help in formulating some of the words of this application.

ABOUT ‘WHO FEEDS US’ 

This series will showcase the stories of food producers who have been affected by the pandemic: their struggles and successes, their resilience and hard work, and their incredible capacity for innovation. It will unearth on-the-ground accounts of those who have stepped up to feed their communities in new ways – by re-focusing their production, establishing micro-production set-ups, developing local food databases, and helping people to grow their own – with a focus on including underrepresented and diverse voices and experiences.

ABOUT FARMERAMA

Farmerama Radio shares the voices behind regenerative farming. We are committed to positive ecological futures for the earth and its people, and we believe that farmers of the world will determine this. Each month, the show features farmers and growers rebuilding our food and eco-systems from the ground up. Our standalone series Cereal, has been nominated for the Broadcast and and Investigative categories in the 2020 Guild of Food Writers awards.