A farmer and soil health advocate, Abby was named one of 50 New Radicals by The Guardian and Nesta in 2018 for her work developing simple apps that help build ecology, profitability and beauty on farms around the world. Five years ago, together with Jo Barratt, Abby co-founded the award-winning British podcast, Farmerama Radio. The monthly show has quickly become a leading voice in the global regenerative movement highlighting the positive role farmers play in determining the future of the earth and its people. Based in London, Abby splits her time between working on her family farm, Vidacycle, in Chile, and visiting farms on multiple continents learning from soils and understanding what it’s going to take to build a more ecological farming future. Abby was named in Code Hospitality’s Top 100 Influential Women in Hospitality 2020, and has been featured widely in the press on the importance of regenerative agriculture widely in the press on the importance of regenerative agriculture when it comes to our food, our health and the environment.
Jo is co-producer and co-host of Farmerama. 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 is a Glasgow-based audio producer with a longstanding interest in agriculture. She sees food – and therefore farming – as the crux of the way humans relate to “nature”, and to each other. Although not (yet!) a farmer or grower herself, she’s fascinated by the practical, social and political work that farmers and other food producers do. Katie joined the Farmerama team in 2016. She was lead producer of our award-winning Cereal series, and co-produced our series Landed.
Olivia is a writer, researcher and facilitator who is passionate about nourishing just, joyful and agroecological food & land futures. She is also a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, researching community land ownership for sustainable food production.
Dora is a chef, writer, activist and researcher. She recently completed an MA in Anthropology of Food at SOAS University, where her research focussed on Black British growers within the alternative farming movement. She is interested in the overlap between environmental and racial justice, and sees food and farming as the most important space in which to build environmental and social resilience. Being London-based, she is passionate about increasing opportunities for food-growing and access to green spaces in cities.
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.
Annie is a farmer and freelancer who is interested in exploring how regenerative farming can help farms become healthier and more resilient. Annie looks after an Organic & Pasture for Life certified Longhorn beef suckler herd and manages direct sales at Hampton Gay Farm alongside supporting Farmerama and Vidacycle with community development and helping on her family’s mixed beef and arable farm.
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.