Abby Rose Co-producer & Co-host of Farmerama
Everything Abby does is to support the small-to medium-scale farming community, as she thinks they will be the heroes of a resilient future (read more here). Abby develops simple apps that help build ecology, profitability and beauty on farms. She also helps to run her family’s small farm, vidacycle, where they make natural wine and verjuice. She is committed to bridging boundaries and is keen to learn from both organic enthusiasts and conventional farmers who are taking the first steps towards a more agro-ecological approach to farming. She also helped create the OurField project.
Jo Barratt Co-producer & Co-host of Farmerama
Jo is co-producer and co-host of Farmerama. He is the podcaster extraordinaire in the team. Jo is a radio producer who has a variety of other professional interests including working with Open Data and multi-sensory design. In all his work he is interested in finding ways of helping people pay more attention, understand and connect to the world around them.
Katie Revell Co-producer & Co-host of Farmerama
Katie is a documentary filmmaker, translator and budding audio storyteller. She sees food – and therefore farming – as the crux of the way humans relate to “the environment” and to each other. She’s especially interested in the language we use to talk about farming, and in exploring and reframing terms such as “developed,” “primitive” and “peasant.”
Annie Landless Farmerama Community Development
Annie is a farmer’s daughter and good food lover! She spent time in Berlin building communities for a tech education company before returning to London to do the same for The Food Assembly. Since helping out with online community development for Farmerama and our sister company Vidacycle, she’s started an Agriculture Diploma at RAU in Cirencester. Annie plans to return to her family farm one day to take it forward in a regenerative way, so we can continue to enjoy the beauty, bounty and peace of the countryside with all its biodiversity intact.
Olivia Oldham Farmerama Community Development
Law student by day, food and farming activist by night, Olivia (sporadically) blogs, carries out academic research into, and generally thinks a lot about how the food and farming system is the best way we have to create a better world for the future. She believes that nature and farming can and should work together in harmony; and that that food, farming and society can complement each other to reinvigorate community by forging links between people, by providing an avenue to empowerment and public participation, and by ensuring that all communities (and the individuals that make them up) have access to healthy, affordable, delicious food.
Eliza Jenkins Farmerama Community Development
Eliza is fascinated by Conservation Agriculture, having grown up on the Groundswell farm in Hertfordshire, which practices no-till and mob-grazing cattle, as well as hosting an annual conservation agriculture conference. The atmosphere of possibility there is contagious, and her interests in sustainable farming have been nurtured through inspiring, forward-thinking people and projects at home. She is particularly interested in the carbon sequestration potential of well-farmed soil, and farms that take an ecological approach with diversification.
Nigel Akehurst previously a Co-host of Farmerama.
Nigel is a third-generation farmer, photojournalist and editor. He is passionate about showcasing stories of sustainable farming and food culture to a mainstream audience. In 2013 he founded Indie Farmer, an online magazine devoted to celebrating the new breed of “indie farmers” – small-scale producers, growers, livestock keepers and rural entrepreneurs – who are redefining tradition and exploring new ways to farm and produce real food. He also works with his parents on their small family farm in East Sussex, where they produce grass-fed beef from a suckler herd of Sussex cattle and lamb from a breeding flock of Mules and Suffolk cross ewes.