One date to put into your diary is the talk by Patrick Holden, International Ambassador for the Soil Association after stepping down from the role of director in September 2010. Come along and listen and give your views in a discussion after.
Patrick Holden was brought up in London. He visited a dairy farm near Epping aged five and decided he wanted to milk cows. He studied biodynamic agriculture at Emerson College in 1972 and started a community farm in West Wales in 1973.
The 93 hectare mixed organic farm is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, with a herd of 65 Ayrshire cows – the milk from which is being made into an unpasteurised cheese by his son Sam. Patrick still milks his cows at weekends.
He has worked for the Soil Association since 1988 and as Director since 1995 before stepping down to become the International Ambassador for the Soil Association.. During that period income has risen from £200,000 to £10 million and sales of organic food from £50 million to £2 billion.
He is a regular broadcaster and speaker and was responsible for Tony and Pat Archer’s conversion in 1985 and still advises for the Archers on matters organic. He was awarded the CBE for services to organic farming in 2005.
The evening is organised jointly by Somerset Wildlife Trust and Taunton Transition Town.
Please help to promote this event by putting up a poster and/or telling your friends and colleagues.
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